Trust us, this is by far the best wedding gift you could give yourself (and your family). A wedding planner plays a key role in the success of your wedding. Planners can do things like help you pick out a venue, hire vendors, negotiate contracts, coordinate the logistics so you'll be able to relax and enjoy not only your big day, but the planning process, too. They are an integral part of the process, so you want to be sure you hire someone who will both, get the job done, and make it fun along the way. Here are some important items to go over at your initial consultation:
1. How Do You Communicate with Clients? By phone? Email? Text message? All of the above? Will we meet in person? It's important to know how much or how little you will be in contact with your coordinator so you know when to expect updates, where you should be on your timeline, how things are being executed on the planner's end, etc. Some brides like daily, or weekly check-ins, some brides like as little communication as possible. The important factor here is to find out how are we going to best effectively communicate with one another.
2. What Services Do You Offer? Some within the industry will interchange the words planner, consultant, and coordinator. Some will call themselves venue coordinators, facility coordinators, day of planners, etc...and they all mean something different to each individual. Most wedding planners have a variety of wedding packages to choose from based on your specific planning needs. Packages can consist of everything from comprehensive all out planning needs to just day-of coordination. Don't be afraid to ask questions about each package, and what all it entails to ensure it fits all of your needs.