How to Pick a Wedding Planner in Phoenix
Have you ever considered hiring a wedding planner? We cannot stress enough how much a wedding planner will make your upcoming path smoother and you will have a much lower stress level. There are so many details related to wedding planning and when you aren't experienced at being able to recognize what needs to be done and by when, things can really go downhill in a hurry. But with a professional wedding planner in your corner, you will not have constant worries about what is to happen next and how it is to be accomplished. The key, of course, is to find someone in the Phoenix area who will be the perfect person in every way for your wedding needs. You will want to take the time to meet anyone that you are considering to be your planner and when you do sit down with them, here are some very important questions that you need to ask them.
Experience is not an issue that you should take for granted. Talk about how much experience a candidate has planning weddings. How many weddings have they planned in the past year. Experience is so important because until a person has been in the fray of all that it takes to pull off a wedding, there is really no way they could have become proficient at it. Have them show you photos. Also, make sure the provide testimonials and references. It is great to read a canned statement from someone about how great the planner was, but it would really be beneficial to contact past clients and talk about their experience including any potential red flags.
Have them spell out what exactly they would do for you. They should be able to show you a list and go point by point explaining each service that will be part of you working together. If you decided to hire them, will they provide a contract? This is an absolute must. Have a discussion about how the process would evolve. How much of your time will the planning stages take? Related to this topic you will ant to find out if they do this full-time or part-time. Remember, a part-time planner might not be as available to you so if you like constant contact, you might want to only consider someone who does this as a full-time job. And you want to have a real frank discussion about your budget. Be upfront about how much you can afford and ask their opinion about whether they think pulling off the wedding you have in mind is doable.
Find out if they are planning more than your wedding leading up to your date. Is this something they foresee as a problem or how do they plan on managing more than one at the same time. Make sure that you have confidence in their answer. Do they have a backup plan in case they get sick for a period of time? In terms of how they work with your vendors, find out if they will represent you at all times and how does the payment work. Do you pay the planner one fee and then they pay all of your vendors or do you pay the vendors individually? Will they take care of every detail and then just report to you or do you have to be at every meeting?
Find out if they will be at your wedding. They should be. If they say no, there should be a very good reason. How much do they charge for their services? Quite often, if a wedding planner is well connected, some of the savings they can gain you via vendor connections will offset their fee. Ask about this. Do they require a deposit to get started? Ask them about any challenges they have had to overcome in past weddings they have planned. Also, what kind of services will they not provide. This could be a very important question. We wish you well with your search.