When thinking about hiring a planner for your wedding, there are three very important questions you should ask yourself first. It takes a considerable amount of faith, trust and confidence to work with a wedding planner. My approach is one of collaboration, not a takeover, but my couples still need to have trust in me. They need to know that I have their best interests in mind and at heart at all times. They need to know that I will provide them with personal recommendations that suit what they are looking for. They need to know I’m looking out for them.
So if you’re considering working with a planner or coordinator (and way before you inquire), ask yourself…
How involved do I want to be in the planning process?
This is one of the first questions I ask in my initial questionnaire when a couple inquires with me. It is imperative that you determine right off the bat how much work you are willing to do, if any, and how much you are expecting of your planner. Make this very clear from the beginning. This will help you both develop a stronger partnership together and prevent any misunderstandings about the extent of our role.
Can I confidently put my trust in the hands of a professional knowing things will be taken care of?
Placing your special day in the hands of a planner takes a lot of faith and trust. For me, I simply could not do my job without trust from my couples. The relationship we have is a collaboration, not a takeover, and trust is what glues it all together. I aim to serve my couples and help them enjoy the process more, which I seek to accomplish by doing things on their behalf. You must have full confidence in your planner. They should know you and what makes you tick so they are able to provide you with the proper guidance and support. However, if you are the type of person who likes to be in control and do things yourself, then working with a planner may not be right for you.
Do I truly value their knowledge and expertise?
There’s an old saying “You don’t know what you don’t know.” As wedding planners, we help you fill the gaps by bringing a wealth of experience and know-how to your wedding planning process. We wear many hats and cover a lot of ground. And at the end of the day, it’s you who benefits it. So make sure when looking to hire a wedding planner that you fully understand and respect their role.
I hope this provides you with some reassurance and clarification. If you have any questions or are curious about working with me, drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.