Feature Image by Jamie Blow Photography. Knots ‘N Such is a Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist.
A couple of weeks ago, we shared a blog with you about the importance of hiring a wedding planner and the benefits that come from having that coordinator available to you in the wedding planning process. If you are like me, then you were probably like “I need all the help can get!” You might also be thinking, “I don’t even know where to begin?” At Knots ‘N Such, we always schedule an initial call to begin the process, and today we want to help you out by giving you the top 5 things you can ask a wedding planner at the beginning of the wedding planning process that will ease your mind and help you find the perfect fit in a wedding planner.
- Question 1: What sort of services do you offer (full day coordination, event styling, etc.)?
Every bride is different in what they need for their wedding. You want to find out at the very beginning what services are offered by your wedding planner and whether those services meet your particular needs. If you know going in you need both a full day of coordinator and event styler, you want to find out upfront if this is something that is offered from the planner or how they can meet your wedding day needs.
- Question 2: Can you create a timeline that tells everyone involved in the planning process—other pros, members of the wedding party, to-be-weds and families—what to do and when to do it?
Timelines are super important to ensure the smooth flow of your wedding day. The more vendors you have, the more that timeline setup can become a bit complicated. Talking through that with your wedding planner and seeing her role in that process will help ease your worries, and if offered, take that task off of your plate (especially if your day of timeline is tight due to travel or venue restrictions).
- Question 3: Will you coordinate arrival and set up of vendors? If so, what does that look like?
Like with the timeline, seeing what your planner offers in terms of coordination with other vendors is important to know up front. What role do they play in finding those vendors? What role do they play in contacting those vendors before the wedding day? This will ensure that communication is open and clear between all parties involved.
- Question 4: What’s your secret for staying calm under pressure, and how do you handle day-of disasters?
Take it from me, many times weddings may seem easy breezy from the outside, but there are many blocks holding that image together. Every person handles stress differently and asking this question upfront to your planner will give you insight into how they remain calm and handle the unexpected. Their calmness hopefully will transfer to you in the wedding planning process and at the time of your big day.
- Question 5: What will our communication timeline look like up until your wedding?
Finally, it is important to know when and how often you expect to hear from your wedding planner. These expectations will help keep you on track and hopefully trust in your wedding planner’s process. This will also help you so that you can relax in the time leading up to your wedding and avoid micro-managing the person you have put faith in to create your vision.
Hopefully talking through these questions will help you find the perfect fit in a wedding planner and make your planning process a bit easier. Here at Knots ‘N Such, Raleigh Wedding Planner and Florist, we would love to help you in both your wedding planning process. Contact us today!