Monday, August 15, 2011

Planners/Coordinators.....Tips on Hiring One

If you think a planner is more of a luxury for those that have a big wedding budget….good news….that is not the case!

There are many wedding planners and coordinators in the industry today; however it is your objective to identify a planner/coordinator that is a good fit for you and your future spouse. While there are many variables and qualities that you are looking for in your planner it is okay to take the time to interview a few and decide who is the best fit for your needs. Remember this individual will need to understand your vision clearly and will be your eyes and ears for your most memorable day.

So how much should a wedding planner/coordinator cost?

This is a very popular question! The cost of a coordinator will vary based on the services that you require and the services that they offer. If you would like assistance from start to finish this would be more expensive than having a coordinator for the month of your wedding. It is your choice if you prefer to have a coordinator find your venues and vendor and you give the final approval or just have a coordinator step in a few weeks before the wedding and finalize all the logistics and details.

How does the billing process work?

Some charge a percentage of your budget, hourly, or a flat fee. You should choose which method you prefer and compare the services offered as they may differ. Don’t hesitate to ask about a package deal for total services you are interested it. Typically the total charges can be paid in installments over a period of time.

What are the benefits of hiring a planner?

Hiring a professional can help you save time and money. Because planners are in the wedding industry there are many relationships that are established from working together with other vendors or through networking. Your planner can also be your negotiator and/or review contracts for you.

The bottom line is……you should determine what level of service that you would like to receive from your wedding planner/coordinator. Take the time to meet with them and layout your expectations as well as find out their expectations.

Happy Planning!