Wedding Day Checklist: Questions to Ask a Wedding Planner

Birchwoods Banquet FacilityMore and more, couples who are planning a wedding are turning to wedding planners. We all know that while planning a wedding can be fun, it can also be stressful. A qualified wedding planner can stay calm and keep things organized.

A good wedding planner may already have established connections and relationships with wedding vendors and banquet facility managers.

If you are thinking about hiring a wedding planner, there are several questions you should be prepared to ask:

  1. What is your experience in planning weddings? Ask for specific examples and see if the wedding planner has references and testimonials.
  2. Are you familiar with our wedding venue? If the wedding planner has knowledge of the facility, the planner may be able to shed light and make recommendations. The wedding planner can also give an unbiased opinion of the facility.
  3. How do you keep in touch with your clients? You want to make sure you can get in touch with your wedding planner. You need to have cell phone and email information for the wedding planner. You may have a question or concern that needs to be addressed quickly.
  4. How long have you been in business and how many weddings have you planned? Ok, this is two questions but they both speak to learning about the experience of the wedding planner.
  5. How many weddings of our size have you planned?This brings a personal question in the equation. You may have special needs or requests for your wedding. A good wedding planner should be able to handle those things.
  6. What services do you offer? It's good to know early on what your prospective wedding planner can (and can't) handle.
  7. How much time do you expect planning our wedding will take? Getting a realistic timeframe should help you organize and prioritize.
  8. Do you have any suggestions on florists/DJ's/photographers? If you are still trying to decide on vendors, these are questions to ask your wedding planner.
  9. How often do you expect to meet with use before the wedding? You don't want communication to be strictly over the phone or by email. You should have some face-to-face time.
  10. Do you work alone or do you have a staff? You want to know the number of people who will be helping plan your wedding.

Hiring a wedding planner is a big decision. If you and your wedding planner are on the same page, it's a decision that can really pay off.