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Six Steps to Finding Your Perfect Wedding Planner

01/06/2015 12:53 EST | Updated 03/08/2015 05:59 EDT
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It didn't take you a second thought to say "Yes" when that perfect person asked if you would marry them! You've told your family, your friends; you've shown off that beautiful ring that sits on your left hand, a symbol of eternal love. Nothing could make you happier.

Now what?

It's time to plan the wedding and you are considering hiring a wedding planner to keep you on track, but how do you pick the one that is right for you, your wedding, and your vision?

Here is a step by step guide to helping you choose the perfect planner for your big day. It's all about narrowing down your list at every step.

#1: Decide what you want from your planner

Do you want them to only be there for the big stuff, only there for the day-of, or do you want them by your side as you plan every single detail, big or small. Some planners only do day-of coordination while others will only work with you if they are with you from beginning to end. Once you've decided on what you're looking for in your planner, it will help narrow down a list of planners to choose from.

#2: Do your research

Wedding planners are normally very versatile, but there are some that are very specific in their themes, colours, and overall looks of their events. You may want someone who is extremely creative, and only works outside the box of every day weddings, or perhaps you want something very luxurious but on a very limited budget. Whatever vision you have for your wedding, you should hire someone who not only has the same vision, but also has experience in creating that vision.

#3: Reach out to your top picks

This is the opportunity for you to call a few of your top picks to ask questions and get more details about who they are and what they do. For example, you should find out what their services include, if your wedding date is available, and discuss your guest count. The more information you can give them, the more information they can provide you with. If everything sounds good to you, and you feel a connection over the phone, then set up an appointment with a couple that you feel suit you best.

#4: Prepare for your meetings

Put together a few photos, standout vendors, and any other ideas you have. Voice your ideas about your style and colours and see how the planner responds (hopefully with enthusiasm!). Then ask how the planner would pull off your vision and what they would add or change. A great planner should be able to take what you want and need and turn it into an amazing and unique event. During this meeting you will want to get a sense of who the wedding planner is, what they can do for you, and if you "fit" together. You're going to be working closely with them over the next few months, if not longer, so it would be best to find someone who you connect with.

#5: Check references

Call your planner's references. Don't be afraid to find out the truth about what they have done in the past, and how they treated their clients. At the end of the day, you're hiring someone to plan your perfect event, so finding out about how they work with others is an important thing to do. Ask whatever you like, but be sure you ask questions like "How well did they interpret your ideas?" "Did they have good vendor recommendations?" and "What did your planner take care of for you exactly?" These are all important questions that you need to ask to find out about the planner you are hiring.

#6: Make your choice and present the glass slipper

After your meetings with the top picks, compare and contrast pricing, impressions and notes; however, by this time you'll probably have already decided which planner you want to hire. Once decided, sign on the dotted line and begin planning your wedding with your ideal wedding planner.

Like anything, when you've found the perfect wedding planner, you will just know. They will share in the same ideas, creativity and vision that you and your fiancé share, and will try their hardest to make you happy throughout the entire process.

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