(Closed) Wedding Planners….

posted 10 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
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1061 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

ask her what she sees her responsibilities are — is it to set stuff up? is it to sit next to you the whole time and make sure you’re not freaking out? — and make sure that that’s what you want her to do. if she gets huffy about what you want (someone i interviewed did that!), don’t change what you want! also make sure that your expectations are spelled out from the very beginning, so that she can do her best to do what you want.

it’s really hard to find out how organized they are over the phone, but if you’re meeting with them in person, do they seem to be flustered? do they have everything in order? ask them how they handle crises (don’t be afraid to come up with specific examples!), too. and it isn’t essential, but if you’re going to need help with DIY projects or the style of the reception, the planner needs to be creative, so ask them about things that they’ve done to make weddings unique.

for the specifics, make sure you know exactly how much time you get with her and how many phone calls/emails/in person meetings you get. also ask her how long she’s been planning weddings.

and i’m assuming from your name that you’re having an indian wedding — although having a planner who has done an indian wedding before is really nice, keep an open mind. you might find an awesome planner who has never done an indian wedding before. though it may take a little more hand-holding, it may be worth it (my planner has never done a jewish wedding before, but it’s working out fine!).

Post # 4
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111 posts
Blushing bee

my top 5 important criteria when i was interviewing:

1. ease of conversatiom – did she "get" me and FH’s style??; was her personality going to work well with mine?? was she too pushy or too meek? was she someone i could just brainstorm with and not feel like it was "official wedding business"

2. specific responsibilities – rather than asking what she could provide for me, i asked her about duties that were absolutely not in her scope of work – that way we were both clear

3. ask her for previous clients and if you can talk to them

4. that she wanted to meet with the groom also – after all, it’s his wedding also

5. payment schedule

after interviewing 4 different planners, i went with the one who not only responded to me the fastest but the one i felt most comfortable with in conversation – it’s not a formal business relationship type feel – when we talk it’s like i’m talking to a friend. she understood our style and didnt impose her "preferred vendors" on us – she made suggestions, but did not push the topics.

Post # 7
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629 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2005

Congratulations and good job!

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