Your wedding is not only one of the most important days of your life, it is a major investment in time and money. One way you can make the process easier on yourself is hiring a wedding planner.
However, like choosing the best wedding venues, choosing the right wedding planner involves research and a good “feel” for your needs. Before you hire a wedding planner, keep these tips in mind and you are more likely to find the one that will best meet your needs.
Will your planner travel? This is an important question. For instance, if you are looking at destination weddings in Miami, you will need a planner who is willing to go check out Miami wedding venues and help you make the right choice. If you are planning a destination wedding, it may be best to choose a planner in that area—you can always meet with him online using Skype or handle most of your communications by phone.
What experience does he or she have? Anyone can call himself a wedding planner, but a good planner will have experience working in the field. Ask for references or to see if he has a portfolio you can view.
Take advantage of a consultation. A wedding planner is someone you will have to connect with to be able to see if he is right for the job. Ask for a free consultation and see how your personalities and ideas mesh before you hire him.
Look beyond the Yellow Pages. A wedding planner may not be someone you want to hire from a Yellow Pages ad. Ask friends for a referral or see if one of the Miami wedding venues you are considering has anyone it suggests. You may have better luck finding the right planner for the job this way.
Choosing your wedding planner may be the most important part of planning your wedding. Do not be afraid to ask questions and spend time finding one who will best work with you on creating your dream wedding—after all, you only have one chance to make this day perfect!