How to Select a Professional Wedding Planner

by Zuriana's Elegant Occasions

Why should you hire a Wedding Planner for your upcoming wedding?

Professional Wedding Planners are an invaluable resource. They can help save you time and ultimately money.

Planners allow you and your fiancé the time to enjoy your engagement and help reduce some of the stress of planning your wedding.

I am an advocate for professional Wedding Planners because I know how involved planning a wedding can be. There are so many options to consider, so many vendors to choose from, so many details to think about. Yes those details... I have had many a client say how exciting yet overwhelming the wedding planning process can be.

I had a Day of Coordinator for my wedding. I don’t know what I would have done without her. In hindsight a Wedding Planner would have been a godsend to me, however I did not think we could afford one. I assumed that Wedding Planners were only for those that are “well off”. No way could my fiancĂ© and I afford a planner with only $10,000 to spend on our entire wedding and with us footing the bill.

Guess what, any wedding planner worth their salt will ultimately pay for themselves in the long run. Think of all of the time you’ll save, the great vendor referrals you’ll receive, and the peace of mind you will have from knowing your wedding will run smoothly. That’s money well spent.

So how do you go about choosing a wedding planner? Search for a planner the same way you would search for your photographer, videographer or even your caterer. Do not choose strictly based on price alone.

Ultimately you get what you pay for. Would you trust just any photographer to capture images of your special day? You want a professional planner to guide you through the maze of planning an amazing wedding. After all, you are investing a whole lot of time and money on your wedding.

Interview two or three planners and choose the best fit for you. Some things to look for when choosing an ideal wedding planner:

Look for a Wedding Planner that has experience.

Find out how long he or she has been in the industry.

Has the planner had any formal education?

Does the planner have any professional affiliations such as but not limited to
: Weddings Beautiful, June Weddings, Association of Bridal Consultants, Maryland Wedding Professionals Association, National Association of Catering Executives, or International Special Events Society?

Does the planner attend any professional conferences?

Do you like the planner as a person?

Does the planner’s personality and your personality mesh?

Does the planner appear to love what he or she does?
You’ll be spending a lot of time with the planner depending on the level of service you desire.

Does the planner present themselves in a professional manner?

Does the planner have a business license?

Does the planner have proof of liability insurance?

Can the planner provide you with any referrals?

Following these guidelines will help you find a professional Wedding Planner that is best suited for you and will allow you to be a guest at your own wedding.

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Reverend Starlene Joyner Burns

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