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You’re looking to hire a wedding planner? That’s great! Maybe your venue requires one or you knew you wanted one from the start. Regardless of the reasoning, we’re (obviously) team wedding planner for your sake.
We’ve found a lot of the wedding planner interview questions on popular wedding planning sites to be outdated, bad, and ineffective at getting the information you need to make an informed decision. Additionally, they don’t tell you what to look for in an answer. To be honest, we wonder if ghost writers unconnected to the wedding industry form the questions on those sites. We don’t doubt it!
As experienced wedding planners, we feel a duty to help couples across the world connect with the perfect planning partners for their weddings. Not only have we provided you with effective questions to ask, but we’ve also made some notes on things to look for in their answers as well as red flags. Trust us – the red flags aren’t what you think!
Before you schedule that consultation, we’d like to share the biggest red flag of them all: pricing. You might feel like you won the lottery when you inquire with a wedding planner and their pricing is significantly less than other planners in the area. We urge you to take a closer look. Compare their packages with other wedding planners’ packages, look at their reviews, and ask them the above questions. We guarantee something is amiss! Perhaps they aren’t a licensed business that pays taxes. Maybe they don’t have any assistants; or worse (and illegal), they don’t pay their assistants because they are “interns” despite not earning college credit for their time. We’ve heard too many wedding day horror stories and don’t want the same for you!
As our final note, we don’t recommend that you look at reviews exclusively when making vendor booking decisions. There is some sneaky business going on out there in the industry! Should you avoid reviews? Absolutely not. However, look at them with a degree of skepticism. We’ve seen it all, including vendors putting it in their contracts that you aren’t allowed to leave anything other than a five-star review. For the final time, that is a red flag.
Photography Credits: Carrie Michelle Photography