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Most Important Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Wedding Planner

Hiring a wedding planner is a big decision. He or she will play a vital role in bringing to life the day you have been dreaming about for years! With that in mind, it’s important you feel comfortable and confident with your planner. To help you get started in the decision process, a few of our recommended wedding planners have offered some helpful suggestions.Raleigh WeddingPhoto: Jagg Photography

“Look through the wedding planners portfolio not only to get a sense of the quantity of weddings they do, but also the quality of weddings,” recommends Amanda Scott, owner of A Swanky Affair. “Most importantly, hire a planner you trust and feel you can easily communicate with. You will have a close working relationship with them for months and you want to make sure that you can work well together. Take some time to research their reviews online.”

Before asking anything related to the wedding planning process or the planner his/herself, A Southern Soiree suggests asking if they offer a free initial consultation. “While this may be more time-consuming, we think it’s important to sit down and see how well your personalities mesh. Having trust and compatibility is essential to creating a successful partnership.

A Southern Soiree and Sally Oakley, owner of Sally Oakley Weddings & Events, came up with a list of essential questions that every bride should ask…
The Grand Marquise Ballroom             Photo: Neil Boyd Photography

12 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Wedding Planner

1. How long have you been in the industry?

2. How many weddings of my size and budget have you planned? How many overall weddings have you planned?

3. What makes you the most passionate about your job?

4. What role will I play in the planning process?

5. How many weddings do you handle each month? How many weddings do you have for the weekend/day of my wedding?

6. Do you have any scheduled vacation time, or work absence already scheduled during my planning period?

7. How many employees do you have? And who will be on-site during my big day?

8. How would you handle a dicey situation? (Such as the wrong color linens?)

9. When are you available to meet or discuss planning details? (Weekdays, nights, weekends, schedule restrictions?)

10. Do you work only with preferred vendors? Does you company have preferred vendor discount connections?

11. Why should I hire you as opposed to other planners or planning alternatives?

12. May I call some of your client and vendor references?

“Remember, your wedding planner should be asking YOU a lot of questions when you first meet,” says Chelsey Morrison, owner of Gather Together. “It’s important that they understand the aesthetic and environment you want to create for your wedding or that they can help you pinpoint these things if you haven’t already.”North Carolina Wedding PlannersPhoto: Azul Photography

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