• 5 Tips To Help You Find Your Wedding Planner

    5 tips for finding your wedding planner on Oh Lovely Day

    One of the things I’m most proud of on Oh Lovely Day is our ever-growing handpicked Lovely Vendor Guide.  We’ve got some great vendors to choose from and are selecting and adding more all the time, all to help you find the perfect match for your wedding.  One of those Lovely Vendors from our event coordinator category (as in wedding and event planners), Hustle and Bustle Events, is sharing 5 Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Planner.  I think you’ll find these tremendously helpful.  Pin now for those meetings later!

    From Hustle & Bustle Events:

    As someone who has been in the wedding industry for quite a few years, here is some insight I’ve gathered in deciphering the great vendors from the good. Not going to lie, I also inquired with some of my girlfriends to get their thoughts as well…  Here are 5 areas to examine when choosing your planner/coordinator:

    Elegant Destination Wedding in Pastel Puerto Rico | 1313 Photography

    1.  Experience & Proof – Probably the most popular question I’m asked is “How long have you been planning weddings?” Although there are similar elements, each wedding is different.  There are countless cultural details & family traditions, vastly different personalities & styles that make a wedding unique. Ideally, your planner has experience with the traditions you want to incorporate. Even better, the planner has photos from past weddings to present to you. Ask them what they thought worked & what did not.  These days, there are websites to read reviews about their services but a few years ago it was not uncommon to request references from past brides or colleagues before hiring a planner. I must say, that is something I probably would have done!

    2.  Contract Stipulations – It’s important you understand the contract you are signing & are comfortable with what your package includes. With wedding planning/coordinating there are a multitude of details to cover, from design to vendor relations to rehearsal dinners, out of town guests, the list goes on…. Find out exactly what your package entails & express what you expect. It’s key you inform your potential planner what your priorities are & what areas you have prominent concerns about when deciphering the package moving forward. Even the more minute details, i.e. how many assistants will be on hand the day of your wedding, the attire, etc…should be stated on your contract. This is relevant with all of your wedding vendors (& life in general, ha!)

    tips for finding your wedding planner | Jennifer Roper Photography

    3.  Personality – Do you mesh well together? Often, I express to potential clients, “if you cannot stand the sound of my voice, we are not a good fit.” Of all your vendors, your planner will be the one you correspond with the most & will most likely develop a relationship with. You should feel completely comfortable asking him/her any question & might as well enjoy your time spent together, since it will be quite a bit. You will have to trust your planner completely. You are handing them a ton of responsibility for maintaining a monumental day of your life. Do you like the impersonal “drill sergeant” type or do you like a bubbly “people person” with an edge? You need to decide this.

    4. Correspondence – Seems like a minor/simple point but it is actually quite crucial. If you’re like me, you despise sending an email & spending a day wondering if the recipient has read it. Be up front with your potential planner from the get go.  Ask, “what is your response time with emails & phone calls?” Do you accept texts? What hours can I contact you? It may not seem important in the beginning but by the time you are one month out from your big day, you will want to contact your planner often & have many questions.

    5 tips for finding your wedding planner | Mackensey Alexander Photography

    5. Background – Again, may seem minor & a bit too personal but it’s important. “Why did you get into wedding planning?” is another hugely popular question I get asked. You want someone with a design background, event planning background, &/or restaurant/service industry background.  Are they married? If so, great, but it really does not matter. Planning your own wedding is NOTHING like planning somebody else’s wedding.  There are many pieces to the ultimate puzzle that do not pertain to the “prettiness” of the day.

     Miscellaneous Factors to also consider:

    • Fee, does their service fit into your budget?
    • Is this event planning company insured? Many venues require this.
    • Do they receive a “kick back” from vendors they refer? This may hinder the referrals you are given. Are they truly within your style/budget or are you given their info because the planner will benefit?

    tips for finding your wedding planner | sun and sparrow photography

    These tips, along with our Lovely Vendor guide, is meant to help you find the wedding planner and other wedding artists and vendors who are the perfect fit for you.  I hope you find them valuable in your planning process.  Many thanks to the ladies of Hustle & Bustle Events for the tips.

    {credits} full wedding features for above photos with full credits originally found on Oh Lovely Day here: gatsby-meets-country wedding by Casey Connell / modern natural history wedding by Jennifer Roper / southern garden party wedding by Mackensey Alexander Photography / well-branded rustic ranch wedding by Sun & Sparrow Photography

    Hustle & Bustle Events, Jennifer Roper Photography, and Sun & Sparrow Photography are members of the Lovely Vendor Guide.  If you’d like to be considered to be one of our handpicked vendors, apply here.

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    1. Posted Jun 17 at 9:46 am | Permalink

      All good tips! As a photographer, I always express the important of liking me as a person. Their product is important to, but being able to stand the person following you around all day is pretty high on the list.

    2. Posted Jun 17 at 9:46 am | Permalink

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