Ask a bride what a wedding planner does and images of Jennifer Lopez spring to mind for most. Brides know that they want help in any form, either from friends or family but many don't consider hiring a wedding planner. Ask a wedding planner what they do and they might tell you things you hadn't even considered, loading your boot full of decor, checking out that the correct licences are in place or fixing a broken dress with a ceremony looming. So would you consider hiring one?
Once you know the basic services offered from a wedding planner it is easier to find one that is most suited to you. Now is the time to talk about the specific options you're looking for. Most planners offer a varying level of service based on price and what a bride is after, some brides need the full wedding planning service, others require 'on the day' help. A huge factor when choosing your planner is knowing that they can give you what you're after, thorough conversations will help you with this.
When choosing a wedding planner, it is important to ask if they have catered for an event like the one you are planning. Maybe it's in an unusual location, on a tight timescale or has a huge number of guests attending. Some planners may not have the backup available to help them, so ask early on in the process to find this out.
Finding out if your planner has a network of suppliers they work with is a huge plus point, this is based on the fact that if there are suppliers that work with them on occasions, they will probably be trusted to do a good job.
Finally, do they fit into your budget? Some brides see planners as an added expense, but many wedding planners save money in the long run so are often a good money saving tool Don't base everything on money though, find a planner that gets you, that you trust and that fits with the style you're after. That may seem impossible but it can be done. Remember you can ask about payment plans, smaller package options more tailored to you and many wedding planners may refer you on to somebody if they cant help - it's all part of the service :)