What's the news? You're getting married! That is great news! Fair warning, planning a wedding by yourself or with a small group of inexperienced bride's maids will be one overwhelming rollercoaster that you wish would throttle you less and give you less twists and turns. There are so many details you need to cover, between booking vendors and venues, selecting your arrangements, and finding the right form of entertainment, you have so much to consider. This is why many couples elect to consult a wedding planner in some capacity to help assist them in their marital endeavors. If your budget will allow it, you should look into one of Grand Rapids' many great professional wedding planners. Here are some tips to help you make the distinction between jesters and the real coordinating deal.
Our first tip is to determine based on your budget and the amount of tasks you need completed what sort of capacity you will need a wedding planner in. There are three different routes you can take depending on the conditions. The first route is a full-service planner that will help you coordinate the entire thing, or will do it all for you including booking venues and every other nuanced detail! The second option you have is a partial service coordinator that will help with specific duties you are not capable of handling or simply do not want to deal with. The final option is a “day-of coordinator” which actually starts a month ahead of the date of your wedding, and will help you with time line development and be on-site the day of to make sure that all that has been planned is done. They can also solve problems that might arise and allow you to enjoy the day.. Hiring a planner in some capacity will most likely save you money in important aspects in retrospect, so be sure to consider hiring one.
Once you have determined the capacity you will require out of your planner, you should begin the search with the recommendations of your friends, family, and trusted colleagues. In particular, you should ask those in particular who have been recently married, or involved in a wedding in some fashion. You should also consult online wedding directories as they provide the user on a plethora of information such as pricing, reviews, and bridal testimonials. You should have the approximate number of guests you wish to invite, the preferred date of your wedding, your vision, and a set budget figure. Now that you have a handful of candidates, place calls, and inquire if they are available on the date of your wedding. If they are not, or if they are swamped with other weddings, do not push to work with this candidate, because it will not be worth it for you.
During the appointments with each candidate, you should cover topics pertaining to their personality and their business. Ask them why they become a wedding planner, and how experienced at their job. What was their biggest challenge in regards to coordinating weddings? Ask them of their suggestions for your wedding. You will want to build a personal connection with the candidates that you are interested in particular. It is so vital to trust this person implicitly with the planning duties, because any mistake could blow up into a big fiasco. Before the end of the interview, ask them for a sample invoice to see how they arrange their payments. Some wedding planners will charge you by the hour, total percentage of wedding costs, or just a simple flat rate.
Take some time to compare candidates, and deliberate with your spouse. Once you have made your decision, write up a contract, and place a deposit if necessary. Every detail should be outlined in the binding agreement with them. If all the details are settled, you can focus on items pertaining to your wedding that will not give you a headache or a major anxiety attack! Aren't you glad you considered a wedding planner?