How to choose a wedding planner

Photos: Georgie James Photography

So, you’re on the hunt for a wedding planner… good call. The lead-up to your sparkle-filled day can be next-level time consuming, not to mention at times overwhelming, so having a professional in your corner will help keep your eye on the prize.

But how do you even begin to choose your newfound wedding bezzie? Good question. Check out our top four tips to make the process as seamless as possible.

1. Ask your crew

There’s nothing like a referral from someone you trust to get your search off to a good start. Kick it off by asking your friends, family, workmates and even your extended social media network for recommendations. And don’t stop at the wedding planner’s name and number – ask your peeps what they think their contact can bring to the party, why they’d be a good match for you and grab ballpark figures to get them locked in. Create a list of the leads you gather along the way so you can add notes on the go.

2. Get your Sherlock on

That’s right, folks, now’s the time to dig a little deeper and discover all there is to know about your top picks. We have two words for you: online sleuthing. Check out your potential wedding planner’s website, social media, blog and image gallery from previous gigs to get a good feel for their overall style. This should also give you a pretty solid understanding of the way they like to communicate, the systems they adopt and ultimately, how they plan to put all the pieces of your beautiful wedding puzzle together.

3. Meet in person

The first face-to-face meeting with your potential wedding planner should play out like a job interview scenario – albeit a lot more fun! This is your opportunity to not only get a better grasp of their personality, but also a more detailed understanding of how they like to work (hint: ask for a step-by-step guide). You can suss out whether they’re a good fit for you and your fiance on both a professional and personal level. So, come prepared with a list of questions that will resolve any and all concerns you have – and don’t hesitate to get into the nitty gritty details.

4. Go with your gut

Yes, it’s important to go through the contract with a fine-tooth comb, triple-check that the quote falls within your budget and lock in key dates and bookings with your wedding planner. But it’s also imperative you get along. Why? Because you’re inviting this person to form a key part of your wedding party – that means spending a significant amount of time together in the lead-up to the big day. Liking who they are as a person will make the process a lot less stressful – and a whole lot more fun!

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