Tips for choosing a wedding planner

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Why does planning for the best day of your life have to seem so stressful? It’s this question that leads many brides and grooms to the decision of hiring a wedding planner.

From big tasks like negotiating with the venue and organizing the catering, to small gestures like always having a Tide pen handy for that last minute Merlot spill, hiring a wedding planner can be a lifesaver. But how do you know you’re choosing the right one? During your meet and greet, make sure you look for these qualities:

They’re a listener, not a talker

Even though you’re giving your wedding planner a lot of free rein, at the end of the day, it’s still your celebration. A good wedding planner will want to meet both you and your partner and will listen carefully to your vision for the day. They’ll also want to understand what you need from them, logistically and emotionally. Be suspicious of a planner who doesn’t ask you questions or spends the entire consultation offering advice or talking about themselves.


They know your wedding niche

Different weddings call for different skill sets. An opulent ceremony in a sprawling garden setting will need different attention to detail than an intimate ceremony in a heritage building. It definitely pays to find a wedding planner who has experience with the kind of style you’re going for, and can back it up.


They have a plan … for the unplanned

Despite everyone’s best intentions, sometimes problems arise. Whether it starts raining just before the outdoor reception or someone breaks out in hives after eating the paella, a big part of wedding planning is anticipating different outcomes. Ask your wedding planner how he or she adapts on the fly when things don’t go as planned.

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