If you’re thinking of looking for a wedding planner to help plan the wedding of your dreams – where do you start? And how do you ensure you find the perfect wedding planner for you? Here’s our top advice on what to look for when choosing your wedding planner!
First and foremost, (and yes, we know this one sounds obvious!) when meeting a potential wedding planner, do you LIKE them? After all, this person will be working with you very closely to plan the most important day of your life so it’s essential that you can see yourselves getting along throughout the wedding planning process!
At One Curious Dream, we work closely in partnership with our couples which means we’ll meet you regularly and be communicating at frequent intervals throughout the planning process. As wedding planners, we’re there with you through the fun times and the not so fun times (family politics, seating plan hell etc – you get the drift!) and act as your trusted confidant for the duration. So, from the first contact with the wedding planner, do they inspire trust and confidence that your big day is in safe hands, but also, that they have the capability to turn your dream into a reality? Are they asking questions and do they seem enthusiastic about your ideas? As wedding planners, we’re just as enthusiastic about your wedding as you are and fully invest ourselves in delivering the best wedding ever for you!
Are they experienced in your style of wedding?
Ever heard the phrase “different horses, for different courses”? It’s no different for wedding planners – we all have our niche and speciality of the style of wedding that we plan. At One Curious Dream, we specialise in planning beautifully relaxed, design-led, marquee/tipi, barn and weekend weddings. Our weddings usually take place in dry-hire venues (where you get to choose all of your suppliers) or on private estates/family land so you would rarely find us planning a hotel wedding, for example. Similarly, lots of wedding planners won’t have the experience of planning marquee/tipi, weekend or dry-hire weddings and will only work in more traditional wedding venues. Make sure you take a good luck at the potential planners wedding portfolio and don’t be afraid to ask them about the usual style of wedding that they plan.
Who do they work with and how often are they working?
Again, a good, reputable wedding planner will have access to a whole range of brilliant suppliers to help bring your wedding to life. Take a look at the social media profiles of your potential planner so you can get a feel for the quality level of supplier they usually work with – are they companies that you could see yourselves choosing?
Similarly, whilst checking out your potential wedding planners social media profiles – ask yourselves, are they busy and working with a range of couples? Are other couples choosing them? What do their reviews say? A good planner will be in demand as in the wedding industry, word of mouth and recommendations from previous couples will provide a planner with a steady source of couples to work with!
Urgh! I know it might feel a bit uncomfortable BUT it’s so important to discuss not only fees but your budget at the earliest possible stage. With wedding planners, you really do get what you pay for – we’ve all seen the adverts where people offer to plan your wedding for £1,000 or less – but ask yourself, does this offer a quality service with a day that’s so important and if something does go wrong, will this style of planner even have insurance to cover them?
Always be open and honest about your budget from the outset – not only will this help your planner to determine what they can do to help you with planning your wedding, it will enable them to immediately understand the venues and suppliers that they can consider to deliver your day within your budget.
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Contact us today to try all of these tips on one of our wedding planners!