What to ask your wedding expert

Photo by Jelger & Tanja  Wedding Photographers.
Photo by Jelger & Tanja Wedding Photographers.

You’re newly engaged and full of ideas for your special day but turning that vision into a reality can often be overwhelming. That’s where a wedding expert or planner can help you execute your concept allowing you a stress-free wedding experience.

It’s important that when you begin you ask questions throughout the process. When you first sit down with your expert be sure to ask if they do design, coordination or both.

A wedding planner who does design work will work alongside you to help you with the details of how you want your decor to look, whereas a planner who focuses on coordination will put you in contact with vendors whose design style fits your style.  When discussing the smaller details and elements you wish to incorporate, take the time to ask for a preferred vendor list as this will help you select vendors your planner already has a relationship with.

Another important question to ask is what services your potential planner offers. Do they help with invitations, can they plan outside wedding events such as your rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, and post-wedding brunch and are they on site during your wedding? Having a clear understanding of what their services are will ensure no elements are missed.

A great follow up question is  what parts of the wedding are you responsible for planning as this will allow everyone to be on the same page from the beginning.

During your initial meeting ask how many meetings you will have together before the big day and how you’ll be communicating in the months leading up to the event. If you prefer emails, text or  phone calls tell them what works best for you. Clear communication from day one will set you up for wedding planning success.

Finally, ask for a timeline this will help you stay on track when finalizing seating charts, menus, accommodation and transportation, and make sure your vendors are booked far enough in advance.

Working with a wedding specialist can add value and ease the stress of hosting one of the largest events of your life. Speak and meet with potential professionals until you find one who sets clear expectations and works with your budget.

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