With online wedding resources galore sometimes it can feel like the more information, the more confused you can become! We have you covered when it comes to venues, and now, we have you covered when it comes to picking the right wedding planner. Bianca Ndlovu, owner of A Beyoutiful Fête Events & Design, let us in on her tips to finding the perfect planner.
Where does a bride find a planner?
There are magnitude of resources to find a planner which is why it can be so overwhelming! The most common are online vendor directories such as WeddingWire or TheKnot. You can also find a planner through blogs, social media, magazines, and references. To find a planner that fits you, make sure you look at their portfolio and reviews. Does anything resonate with you? Have they done the style of wedding you are looking for?
What qualities should a bride look for in a planner?
- is level-headed and can work well under pressure
- is transparent, patient, compassionate
- has great organizational and budgeting skills
- has excellent connections with vendors or is willing to seek out the best vendors for the client's style, budget, and needs
- has excellent interpersonal and communication (e.g. great listener) skills
What questions should a bride ask a potential planner?
If you are unsure that you have found the right planner don't forget that this is YOUR big day and you have the right to ask as many questions to a planner as possible before you book them. Their responses may enlighten you on what it would be like to work with them. Questions you should ask are as follows:
How do you stay organized?
What services do you offer and which do you think will be the best fit for what we are looking for?
What is your pricing?
What is the cost (per person) of the weddings you typically plan?
How long have you been in business?
How many events do you typically work on in one year/wedding season?
How many staff members will be at my event?
Do you carry liability insurance?
How do your payments work (payment schedule)?
What happens if you are sick or unable to be there on the day of my wedding?
What activities (do brides not know about) that planners help with?
One example of an activity that I help with that isn't normally advertised is helping a bride choose the wedding party attire. I enjoy this process because it also allows me to be consistent and create a certain "look" for the wedding. Planners also provide different packages so make sure you ask them what is included in each.
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