Wedding Planning

Wedding Planning Organizations

As you begin the exciting process of preparing your big day, you may want to consider using a wedding planner to make sure everything is taken care of. This can also take a lot of stress off of you. It is highly recommended by those who know best that you choose a wedding planner that is affiliated and or certified by a national organization. Here is a list of the top organizations:

  • American Association of Certified Wedding Planners [Visit Here]
  • Association of Certified Professional Wedding Consultants [Visit Here]
  • Association of Bridal Consultants [Visit Here]
  • National Association of Event Planners [Visit Here]
Questions for Wedding Planner

As you begin interviewing prospective wedding planners you will want to have a good checklist of important questions to ask. Here are our top 12 questions you should ask:

  1. Do you have our wedding date open? If so, do think there are any challenges with the date such as weather, travel or difficulty booking a venue?
  2. How would you rate your problem-solving skills? (example - Describe the most challenging wedding you planned and how you handled the problems that came up)
  3. Are you certified and or part of a national organization or association? Education, experience and length of time in the industry?
  4. What is your experience with different types of venues? Contingency planning (in case of weather if outdoor)?
  5. Do you have a list of experienced vendors? Flexibility with vendors such as using our own?
  6. Will you be available to be at all of the vendor meetings?
  7. Will you invoice us for all the vendors or will we need to pay for each vendor individually?
  8. Who will be responsible for any issues relating to vendors?
  9. Does your scope of work include logistics and design or just logistics?
  10. Will you be the one on site for our wedding day or someone else? Number of assistants? Are you handling all aspects or is there another person?
  11. Is there anything we should know about that is not included in your fee (rehearsals, honeymoon planning, wedding dress, tuxedo, etc.)?
  12. Do you have a portfolio and or references?
Questions for Yourself

As as soon as you are finished swooning over the engagement you will most likely find yourself looking through bridal magazines and asking yourself a lot of questions. These, and more, are the same questions that will be asked by your wedding planner. Here our top 7 to get you going:

  • What is our budget? (What can we really afford? Who's paying?)
  • Where are we getting married? (Venue? Indoor or outdoor?)
  • How big will the wedding be? (How many people? Who's invited?)
  • When will the wedding be? (What date? Time of Year? Availability?)
  • Will this be a formal or casual wedding? 
  • Who will be the bridesmaids and groomsmen? (Availability?)
  • Will it be a traditional wedding? (What style? Religious traditions?)

While there are many more questions to ask, your wedding planner will be able to help you through those. We hope this helps get the ball rolling. Enjoy!