Choosing a wedding planner is no small feat. We are your eyes, ears and mouth for arguably the most important day of your life. Planning a wedding can take anywhere from months to years (our clients engage us on average 15 months before their big day) so choosing the perfect wedding planner is crucial.
This means doing ample research and asking relevant questions to find your best match. Your planner should be someone who matches your personality and style, and equipped with the right experience to bring your wedding vision to life.
We would start the process by narrowing down a list of 3 to 5 potential planners. When shortlisting your choices, it is important that you take time to review each planner’s online presence: their website, social media channels, portfolios and client testimonials.
This will give you a better understanding of their style, aesthetics and the services that they offer. Has any of their work been featured in any publications? What is their style of communication? Have they planned a wedding on your venue of choice?
These are all important questions to keep in mind. If there is an opportunity to speak to one of their past client, this will also be helpful.
We insist on meeting (in person or on video) with all our potential clients before any engagement happens. It is crucial for both sides to understand if there is a good fit. So once you have a shortlist of planners, your next step is to initiate a face-to-face meeting or phone call for an initial consultation.
Prepare a list of questions ahead of time to make the best use of this meeting. Important topics to discuss are fees, timelines, their previous experiences and the scope of services they can offer to you.
You’ve had your consultations and they all went great... Now what? Our best piece of advice when finalizing your wedding planner choice is selecting one who you connected with instantly during your meeting because you will be working closely together for an extended period of time!
Professionalism and experience aside, chemistry is something you definitely need to consider when choosing a planner. Ensure your personalities mesh, and that the planner is someone you will genuinely enjoy collaborating with. You’ll find out with time that he or she will be your fashion stylist, your etiquette advisor, your budget controller and your best confidant. So spare no effort in ensuring he or she is the perfect one for you.