Wedding planner

Planning a wedding takes a lot of time and effort, and can cause a huge amount of stress. After all, this is the most important day of your life, when all your friends and loved ones will be gathered together to celebrate with you and your fiance, and you want everything to be perfect.

What to look for in a wedding planner

You will want to interview several wedding planners so that you can compare their prices and the services they offer, but in many cases your choice will come down to whether you click with the wedding planner or not. You need to be comfortable with your choice of wedding planner as you will be in regular contact with them in the months leading up to your wedding, as well as on the day itself.

When you are looking for potential wedding planners, it is best to look in the area where the wedding will take place, especially if you live far from there. Local planners will be familiar with the local wedding venues and wedding service providers such as florists, bakers and musicians.

Look for a planner that is able to get the best deals on local venues, products and services. A good planner will be aware of the going rate for various services and will be able to negotiate on your behalf. They may also be eligible for trade discounts, and should be able to avoid those hidden extra costs that many venues try to impose on individuals.

Good wedding planners will produce a detailed budget, showing a cost breakdown of each aspect of the wedding. They will also put together a complete timeline showing when they will book and arrange everything. You might want the hassle taken away from wedding planning, but unless you know what is happening and when, you may feel like you have lost control of the wedding.

When to book your wedding planner

Once you have decided that you want to use a wedding planner, selecting and booking one should be your main priority. Interviewing and selecting wedding planners is probably the first thing to do after you have announced your engagement. However there are a few things that you and your fiancTe need to discuss and agree on before you start your search for a wedding planner:

  • A rough date for your wedding
  • The geographic location of your wedding
  • A general idea of the number of guests
  • A budget limit that you need to work within