Your wedding planner acts as your representative on the big day, so it’s crucial that you find someone that is organized, innovative, and above all is someone that you connect with! There are oodles (yes, oodles) of wedding planners out there, so how do you decide which one is right for you? We’ve put together a helpful list of questions for you to ask when interviewing potential wedding planner candidates.
1 | What does the communication process look like?
Depending on the package you’re looking for (i.e., full-service planning, day-of coordination, etc.), it’s important to know how many meetings are included with your wedding planner. Some planners include unlimited correspondence, while others offer a certain number of hours or meetings.
Additionally, you’ll want to ask how the planner prefers to communicate, whether it’s in-person, phone or email. Make sure their preferences align with yours — if you are someone who would like a lot of face time with your wedding planner, it would be disappointing to hire someone who mainly works over the phone or email.
2 | What is your wedding planning experience?
This seems like a no-brainer, but obviously, you want to know what each wedding planner’s background is! The more experience they have, the more comforting it is entrusting them with your special day. See how long they have been in business or at least in the wedding industry overall. More experienced planners (although usually more expensive) typically have more industry connections, meaning they have stronger relationships with other vendors and are able to provide more detailed recommendations.
3 | Have you done a wedding at my venue?
It’s a big advantage if a wedding planner is already familiar with your wedding venue. They usually have an idea of the policies, and may even have sample floor plans or photos of previous weddings that they can share with you.
If a wedding planner has not worked at your venue before, ask if they have worked at venues of a similar style. It’s certainly not a bad thing if a planner has not worked at your venue before, but it would be helpful if they have a walkthrough of the space before the wedding to get familiar with the layout and to meet the venue contacts.
4 | What service do you recommend based on my needs?
Rather than simply asking for a list of services and pricing, it’s better to sit down with a wedding planner and tell them what your expectations are leading up the wedding and the day of. That way, the planner can assess your needs and give you package options based on your preferences. For example, are you looking for design or just day-of logistics? Any and all details are helpful and worth sharing during your wedding planning interview. If they suggest something that is out of your budget, let them know and ask if there’s anything similar that you can do at a lower price point. Wedding planners are usually willing to work with you and tailor their services to meet your needs.
5 | Who is your ideal client?
This is a great question to ask in order to see if you and your wedding planner will work well together. As noted previously, your wedding planner acts as your representative on the day of the event, and they often have to make day-of decisions on your behalf when it comes to design and logistics. Although it’s important to click with all of your vendors, it’s crucial to have a good relationship with your wedding planner. Listen to the response carefully and take note of their personality throughout the meeting to see if their goals and passions align with your wedding vision. Similar to the feeling when you find a wedding dress, you will have a gut instinct if a wedding planner is a good fit for you.
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