15 questions to ask before hiring a wedding planner
Hiring a wedding planner can be one of the best decisions you make when planning your wedding. In addition to finding someone who is capable of planning your wedding, you want to work with someone you trust. Choose someone who listens to you, understands your vision and who communicates well.We highly recommend you chat with a few different planners before making your choice. This will give you some perspective on the various personalities and a sense of who you want to entrust with your perfect day’s perfection.We’ve put together some questions to help keep you on track during that first meeting. Of course, you’ll also want to describe how you envision your special day and give the planner a good sense of who you are as a couple.
1. What experience do you have and how long have you been in business?
2. What is the average size of the weddings you plan?
3. Do you do this full-time, year-round?
4. Do you have our wedding date open?
5. What services can you provide?
6. Our budget is approximately $_x_ – is that something you can work with?
7. How do you charge for your services?
8. What is included in your fee?
9. Do you require a deposit & what is your refund policy? When is the balance due?
10. Do we pay the vendors directly, or do you provide one invoice for everything?
11. Will you help us review the vendor contracts?
12. Do you get a commission/kickback from any vendors?
13. Will you be with us on the day-of?
14. How often will we meet and/or talk about the wedding once we sign the contract?
15. Can you provide us with a list of references?
You should expect all wedding planners you interview to also have a number of questions for you, too. You’re both trying to get to know each other, paint a vision for what your special day might look like, and most important of all, get a sense of whether or not you could work well together. Take special note of how well they listen to you – do you feel heard? Are they pushy or talking down to you? You should also expect all planners to have written contract outlining exactly what you have agreed upon. Do NOT work with someone who is not willing to sign a contract.