Planning a wedding can be one of the most stressful things that you ever do. The payoff will be amazing and memorable, but in the meantime, the planning can be a terribly stressful affair. Between needing to plan your own personal things like your hair, what you're going to wear, your accessories, and so on, as well as the big things to plan such as the guest list, the theme, the invitations, the rentals, the food, the venue and...Ahhhh! There has to be a better way to get all of this stuff figured out without tearing all of your hair out (especially since you need it to look good for the wedding.) A super effective way to alleviate a lot of the wedding planning pressures for yourself is by hiring a professional wedding planner. A wedding planner is exactly what you think it is, a person that makes the wedding planning process a whole lot easier. They gather templates, contact venues, and not only help you make your vision come true, but help you form those visions into truly idealized, tangible things. The following guide will highlight what you need to know about finding the right professional wedding planner for your purposes, and will help you figure out how to communicate with your professional wedding planner, in order to make sure that communication happens flawlessly with your planner and the wedding goes off without a hitch.
The first thing you need to do is your research. Begin by doing an internet search for wedding planners in your area, and look for photos of weddings they have done in the past, as well as their review page. Check to see if they have a style that they seem to be proficient in, and if it's one you like, then they may be a great choice for you. Look for information about their rates and availability, as well as the services that they offer, and awards they've won and memberships in professional associations such as the Association of Bridal Consultants.
The next thing you need to do is prepare for your meeting with the planner that you have decided on. Bring as many visual references as you can such as magazine clippings, photos, and such. Share your vision with them, but also get a feel for how they are as a person. Is this the kind of person that you can see yourself working with to plan the most special night of your life for the next year-and-a-half? Is this a person that you feel like you can trust your vision with? If not, then it's time to move on to the next option. Make sure that you meet with several planners before you decide, but once you do decide, call them up as quickly as possible and sign a contract, and pay the deposit so you can get started on planning the most special night of your life!