There seem to be different view points that come around every year on what are the questions you should ask your wedding planner before hiring. I can tell that some of those articles have been posted because the same questions are being asked repeatedly. I think it is SO important to ask your wedding planner questions, don't get me wrong, but here are my thoughts on the questions that should be asked.
1. How many years have you been in business?
Find out the level of experience of the planner. Are you looking for someone who just planned their first wedding last month or someone who has been doing this for a long time. There is the right planner for everyone, knowing the level of experience that will make you feel comfortable is key. Also, knowing their professional background. For myself and the planners at Liven It Up, we all have some sort of combination of hotel/off-premise catering/restaurant/banquet & conference experience. Having experience for some folks may be key in timing a wedding and keeping the day on track.
2. How many weddings do you (and your team) plan a year?
It is good to know how many other brides the team is working with. If you want someone who is always around for you, you might not get that with someone who has many events a year. This also shows the skill level of a planner. How many events can she/he balance at one time. The Team at Liven It Up Events has certain policies in how many events we take on a year, how many we take on a weekend, and we have back up plans in case something happens to one of the planners here.
3. What is the range in budgets that you work in?
This is good to know even if you have a large budget that the planner may know how to work with smaller budgets to not just spend money to spend!
There is a difference in planning a wedding in a hotel/club vs. a privately owned venue where everything has to be brought in. If you are going to more venue route, you should look for a planner who does more venue weddings and vice versa if you are going the hotel route.
5. What is your philosophy in planning a wedding?
I have my own philosophy when it comes to planning a wedding and I make sure that I am up front about that with new clients. I want them to understand I am not here to spend money just to spend, I am planning their wedding, not my wedding, so I am going to give them what THEY want, and I want to make sure we have fun in the process! Without enjoying the process, why go through it at all?!
Check in Thursday for the Top 5 Questions You Should Ask Yourself About Moving Forward with a Wedding Planner!