Organising your special day, or even just an important function, can sometimes seem like a daunting task. Weddings and events planning has become an industry and there are many people who have made a career of planning weddings and events. However, finding the right person to arrange a wedding or important event could be a challenge. Here are some tips to finding the right person to arrange your special day:
- Do your homework
Visit as many planners’ websites as possible and look at photographs of events that he/she have organised. If the style of the events does not appeal to you, you most likely do not share the same aesthetical vision and the person might not be the right fit.
- Prepare for your first meeting
Being well prepared for your first meeting with a prospective planner will save you a lot of time and possibly heartache in the long run. Have magazine clippings, photographs or other examples of your vision ready so that your prospective planner knows exactly what to expect and can quote for his/her services accordingly.
- Ask for references
Ask prospective planners for references. When following up with past clients, ask them whether your prospective planner stuck to the budget, whether he/she was easy to work with and how well he/she interpreted the client’s ideas.
- Have a contract
Having a contract protects both you and the planner of your wedding or event. Aspects that should be covered in the contract include the budget, hiring of vendors, scope of work and how emergencies will be dealt with.
- Listen to your gut
Trust your gut feeling. If it doesn’t feel “right”, the person is probably not for you. As you will be spending a lot of time with your planner, it must be someone you get along with.
By following these guidelines, you could take the sting out of finding the right planner for your wedding or event. However, problems may still occur and that is why communicating regularly with your wedding or event planner is crucial. Trust your planner, but make sure that he/she sticks to the budget and timetable of the event.