I have done wedding planning professionally for the past decade. From a quaint 40 person wedding to over 350 guests extravaganza. What do these two had in common? No matter how many guests attended, every wedding had the same amount of moving pieces that needed to be coordinated. From the venue and seating charts to the DJ or band, florals, and your photography timeline, no matter how big or small your wedding is, your wedding day logistics are still quite complicated. So I guess the question shouldn’t be “do I need to hire a wedding planner,” but rather, “how do I hire the right wedding planner?”

I have done wedding planning professionally for the past decade. From a quaint 40 person wedding to over 350 guests extravaganza. What do these two had in common? No matter how many guests attended, every wedding had the same amount of moving pieces that needed to be coordinated. From the venue and seating charts to the DJ or band, florals, and your photography timeline, no matter how big or small your wedding is, your wedding day logistics are still quite complicated. So I guess the question shouldn’t be “do I need to hire a wedding planner,” but rather, “how do I hire the right wedding planner?”

Day of or full service?

That depends on how involved you can or are willing to be in your wedding planning because it truly is a full-time job. If you have time and love planning, I suggest hiring a day of the wedding planner. Even though those services are called “day of” I highly suggest meeting with your planner a few weeks out and conveying your message of how you envision your wedding day.

Hiring your “best friend”

Think of it that way, your planner will be your eyes and ears when you are enjoying yourself, s(he) will be the person that every vendor will approach with problems, changes or issues that arise during the wedding. And with so many moving parts, you can bet on things popping up for sure.
So the more s(he) knows the better s(he) can do the job, so you have the most ideal wedding day.

I liked to ask my clients for the priority list: what is the most important thing to them on their wedding day, what is the second and so on. This way I knew how to prioritize things when problems came up.

When choosing your planner it is important to find someone that you get along with well. This person will be with you practically 24/7 during one of the most important moments, while you are emotional, sensitive, agitated. You want someone that calms you down and makes you smile. I know that you can’t hire your best friend, but if you can get as close to that as possible you will be golden.