How to choose a wedding planner

You’ve just become engaged and wedded bliss is beckoning, but then panic sets in when you realise how much there is to do before you tie the knot! Sounds familiar? Then you need to think about hiring a good wedding planner! But how do you find the right one for you?


Taking the stress out of your big day

Many couples are turning to professionals to help them have the wedding of their dreams. I know Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have said their children will be their wedding planners…but I’m sure they’ll have professional help too!

Of course my sister Jill and fiancé Alan have lucked out having me on hand to advise on everything from the floral arrangements to Jill’s hairstyle! That said, Jill has admitted that if I hadn’t been around, they would have looked for a wedding consultant to minimise the stress of the event.

Although I won’t be the one actually doing Jill’s hair!

Hiring a planner undoubtedly bumps up your wedding budget, but they often save you money in the long run because of their contacts with venues and all kinds of suppliers.

A couple of tips here:

If you want to keep costs down, you can hire a professional just to assist with choosing the wedding venue and the caterers.

Alternatively, there are many locations which have in-house wedding coordinators who will handle any issues arising on the day.

Some venues have in-house wedding coordinators.


Finding someone to share your dream

You and your fiancé have set the wedding date and also have a ball-park budget, a draft guest list and an idea of what kind of celebration you want. So now it’s time to interview wedding planners and pick one. Three questions to ask after the meetings:

Did you feel the planner was on your wave length and shares your dream of what your special day should be like?

Will he/she keep within budget?

Did you and your fiancé gel with the planner? You will be spending a lot of time together, so that’s important!

Good luck with your choice!

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