A wedding planner is a professional who assists couples in planning a wedding. Very few couples know where to obtain specialized services and how to choose the best vendors.
Since planning a wedding can be quite stressful, the wedding planner will haggle over particulars and obsess over details keeping you from getting stressed. They have experience in negotiating with caterers, florists and photographers and can save you a lot of time and money. A wedding planner will help you weed out all the vendors that don’t fall within your budget. They will also help you prepare a checklist so that you know when to order and send out the invitations.
There are several factors that you have to consider when choosing a wedding planner. The first step to selecting the best wedding planner is to find out what wedding planners are in your area and what services they offer. Before you hire a wedding planner you should interview them and make sure they are experienced. It is crucial that you should get a trained and certified wedding planner.
Establish a price and make sure you, your partner and the wedding planner sign a contract just to avoid any misunderstandings. Remember, no matter how good you feel about the first wedding planner you interview, interview some more planners to ensure you are getting the best deal.
Before begin interviewing, you should make up your mind as to how much money you are willing to spend on the wedding, how many people you would like to invite and your desired wedding date. You should avoid planners who offer ‘free’ services since we all know there is no such thing as free services.
In fact, such “professionals” are known to get a percentage from vendors for bringing them business. It is best to choose an independent wedding planner since they are less likely to force you into hiring a certain vendor in order to get ‘kickbacks’.
Some wedding coordinators will charge a percentage of the overall cost of your wedding, which is usually about 10-15%. Other planners will charge a flat fee based on the amount of work required while others prefer charging hourly, but since their rates are usually around $40 per hour, you had better opt for the second wedding planner category.