Many people when they first start their wedding planning, do not even consider hiring a professional wedding planner. Well, we will give you three really good reasons why you need to hire one. Put very simply, a wedding planner will save you time, aggravation, and money. And we cannot think of three better things to that a person could save on. But especially a couple that is getting married. The path that leads to your wedding day can either be enjoyable or it can be filled with stress and frustration as you try and deal with every little detail that planning a wedding can throw at you. The wedding business is filled with deadlines and details. And unless you have unlimited time to deal with all of it as well as the knowledge that it takes to make your special day be the best it can be, you will be well served with a professional and experienced planner. However, you are probably wondering about your budget. Considering everything else that you are paying for, can you really fit in one more vendor. Our answer to that is can you really afford not to. Most people do not realize that a great wedding planner can save a couple enough money that it will actually offset the cost of the planner. And you really need to think long and hard about the time aspect as well. The average bride will spend over 250 hours in trying to plan her own wedding. Why not save yourself all of the grief and agony because most of the details are not the enjoyable kind. Just ask the planner that you hire to involve you in the few details that are actually enjoyable. We hope we have convinced you of your need for a professional wedding planner and if we have, read on because we have included some tips that we hope will help you with your search in the San Diego area. Keep these words of wisdom close at heart during your search and you will eventually hire a planner who will be the perfect fit for your wedding plans.
To start your search, here is a key consideration. Your want any candidate that you consider to be a reasonable drive from you. You are going to have several meetings with your planner throughout the months leading up to your wedding and you don't want to be driving an hour each time. Another consideration is the closer your planner is located to where your wedding is being held, the greater chance there will be that they will have connections with vendors that will provide you with some great discounts. Find out if the candidate has ever planned a wedding at your chosen venue. This could be a real advantage because they will already have contacts associated with the venue and will know how things can be or should be setup.
We cannot stress enough how much you should look for someone with experience. Experience can mitigate a lot of potential problems that might and usually do crop up. How many years have they been a wedding planner? How many weddings have they planned? Check out reviews on each candidate by doing a Google search for the planners name. This can be a valuable source of feedback it will usually be from an independent source. Even so, you still want to ask for references and check each one. First hand accounts of services rendered can be very important. Ask about any discounts they can possibly get you because of their vendor connections. Do they seem like they would be a person that would be easy to work with? Since you will be working closely with them for months, this could be important.
You need someone who is highly organized and a great communicator. Find out how they like to communicate with their clients. Do you like what you see in their portfolio? Are they open to your ideas and do they seem to have constructive suggestions? Are they a good listener? All of the qualities discussed above are extremely important. Once you find a planner who possesses most if not all of them, it will be time to sign a contract and get on with your wedding plans. But now you will have the peace of mind that you will have the right professional to pull it off.