Did your boyfriend finally pop the question? If so, you’re probably quite busy sharing the good news and your stellar engagement story with all your friends and family. But you may also be frantically trying to figure out where to begin wedding planning. The first few decisions are often the hardest, after all. While most brides already know that a wedding planner can take some stress off during the hectic planning phase, many don’t realize that it’s possible to hire a wedding planner on almost any budget, and there are plenty of good reasons to consider it. Here is what you’ll need to know about finding the right professional and the right planning package.
Choose Someone You’ll Want to Spend Time With
Hiring a wedding planner is a pretty personal decision. While the planner’s portfolio needs to speak to your esthetic, you also want to make sure that you find someone whose personality fits well with yours and your fiance’s.
- Choose someone who will make you feel confident and calm on your wedding day. The last thing you need is someone who gives off a frazzled vibe, or causes you more
- Also, keep in mind that you will likely be meeting with this person several times over the course of wedding planning, so you really want your planner to be both professional and personable.
Ask About Service Options
Many wedding planners offer a number of service-options to help fit every level of need and every budget. Once you’ve found your dream planner, or a few options, exploring his or her available packages can help you decide just how much help you need and at what cost it will come.
Based on how much you know about weddings and how many decisions you and your fiancé have already made, you may want to consider:
- Getting Started Services – A planner can help with the big decisions, like choosing a date, a venue, a caterer, and creating your guest list, then leave the details for you to work out on your own.
- A Month of Direction – Maybe you just need a month’s worth of advice to get started, or in the final month leading up to the wedding to lock down last-minute details.
- A Day of Coordinator – Whether you choose to hire a planner as your wedding day coordinator, or ask a relative or friend to help out in this role, it is important to delegate someone as your right-hand woman (or man) to field calls and deal with vendors on your big day. That is the best way to ensure that you can do more important things, like enjoy it.
- Full Service – If you’ve never attended a wedding, are super busy with work or family, or just don’t enjoy party planning, you may want to rely heavily on a planner to take care of all of the wedding details. You could even ask your mom or a trusted friend to work with the planner, on your behalf, if the timing of planning is really stressful for you.
- A La Carte Services – Many planners can help with everything from securing vendors, to providing wedding rentals or obtaining any permits needed to host a backyard wedding, etc. Ask how the planner can help you.