How to Ensure You Have the Best Wedding Planner

March 24, 2016 / Planning, Wedding Advice / By:

So your future hubby just popped the big question and now you’re super excited to start planning the big day, but you have no idea where to start. The best first step to planning your wedding is picking your wedding planner. There are a ton of amazing planners to choose from when getting prepared for your day, but how can you ensure that you have the best Los Angeles wedding planner to cater your needs? Every bride is different, so not every wedding planner is going to work for you. Here are a couple ways to narrow your search, and find your perfect match!

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1. Think About What You Will Need

There are a couple of different options when it comes to choosing how much you will need your wedding planner. You can either choose from:

A. Full Service Planner ($$$)- which will arrange absolutely everything for you, you will barely have to lift a finger.

B. Assistant ($$)- which can help you choose your location and vendors. If you’re not really looking to hire a planner, this could be good for someone who has no idea where to start.

C. Day Of Coordinator ($)- Even if you’ve got your entire day already figured out, these are highly recommended. A day of coordinator will make sure that your day goes as smoothly as possible so you won’t have to think about anything other than yourself.

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2. Budget

The next thing you need to think about is how much you’re willing to spend on a wedding planner. Generally, the more experienced the planner, the more expensive they are going to be. If you’re looking to save money, you can usually find a planner that is just starting their business and needs to build up experience.

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3. Interviews

Now that you know what kind of planner you want and how much you are willing to spend, it is time to set up some interviews! You don’t want to hire a planner right away until you know that they have your best interests in mind. Here are some questions to ask a planner during an interview:

  • “How many clients do you have in my wedding month?”

This is important that you figure out how readily available your planner will be and to make sure that they are not over doing themselves.

  • “Do you work alone or with a team?”

Depending on the size of your wedding will depend on if your planner will potentially need back up on the day of!

  • “What vendors/venues have you worked with?

This will give you an idea of her taste and what kind of weddings she’s planned before yours.

  • “How do you handle emergencies?”

This is really important incase anything unexpected were to come up! You want to make sure that your planner is ready for whatever is thrown at her.

  • “Are there any additional fees?”

This is to make sure that there won’t be any hidden costs popping up on your bill that didn’t fit into your budget.

After your interview is over you want to make sure you ask yourself a few questions too. Make sure that your potential planner heard you, asked you plenty of questions, and understands your vision. You need to know that she will work with your budget and that she had a good connection with you and your fiancé as a couple. If you’re hiring a full service planner, you could be working with her for 9-12  months. You want to really make sure that she’s exactly what you envisioned.

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4. Choosing Your Best Los Angeles Wedding Planner

After deciding on your budget, the kind of planner you will need and have gone through your interviews, it’s time for you to hand out your final rose, and congrats! You’ve found your perfect wedding planner. Your big day just got ten times less stressful. Your wedding planner is going to make sure all of your needs are met and more, guaranteeing you the best day possible.

Happy hunting

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