Tips for hiring the right wedding planner

The Wedding planning industry has really blown up over the past decade or so.  Planners will have different strengths between them. Some might be better with destination weddings, while some might be experts with many of the best Long Island wedding venues.  Some may be better suited for outdoor weddings, and some might have an expertise working with indoor venues.  Here are some tips for finding the right wedding planner.


What is your Budget?

Like most aspects in planning a wedding, how much money do you have or want to spend in this particular area. Some might say that they paid too much and didn’t really end up needing the planner after all, but as far as the wedding day is concerned, most feel having a planner was invaluable, and that they wouldn’t have survived the wedding without them.  But above all, deciding the budget will decide what kind of planner you can have.



Some wedding planners charge by hour and others have a fixed or a flat fee service rate.  Work out which will be the most cost effective for your wedding day.


Get Recommendations

The best way to find a great wedding planner is to get recommendations from family and friends. If they had a good experience with a particular planner, chances are you’re safe using them as well.  Also, if you are of a like mind, and they didn’t like a particular planner, you’ll know to stay away.  Ask your friends and family a lot of questions so can avoid wasting time looking at too many planners. If they liked them, there’s a good chance you’ll find one you like as well.

Start by experience:

The best way to start is looking at what type of experience the planner has.  You can see what type of families they’ve had to deal with, what types of weddings they have worked on, how big, how small, etc.  Now keep in mind, the more experience they have, and the more highly recommended they come, the more they’ll probably cost. If you have the budget, great!  But if you are trying to keep costs down, you should be able to find plenty of planners that have worked at several Long Island wedding venues, that have enough experience, yet will fit your budget.


Packaged Deal:

Owners of a few wedding venues cover the fee of wedding consultant and charge a flat rate for every wedding that happens in their premises.

Signing the contract:

Once you have selected the wedding planner and have negotiated the terms, never forget to take it in writing by signing the final contract. This will safeguard your interest and hold the consultant responsible if something does not go according to the plan.


Consult your partner:

Hiring a wedding planner is as big as wedding itself, so ensure that your partner is involved completely in the process of selection and budgeting.


Discuss Openly:

Once you have found the perfect Wedding planner for your, it’s time to sit down and discuss all the particulars.  Make sure they know all of your expectations for your wedding day.  If they understand the picture in your mind ahead of time, they’ll be able to do what is necessary to paint that picture for you.  So don’t hold back. They’re going to do everything they can for you.  Give them your theme as soon as you have it, so they can get started on all the homework they have to do to make your day perfect!


Family introductions:

Finally, make sure you introduce the planner to your family.  She will be working with them a lot!  Especially on the big day! So get them acquainted so your planner will know who they can rely on, who will be a burden.  Make certain you point out the friends and family that you want kept out of your hair while you are getting ready for the day.  Weddings can be very stressful and nerve wracking. Especially leading up to the ceremony.  You’ll want to be sure to keep those who will add to that stress, will be taken care of and kept out of your surroundings.  If a wedding planner knows who they are, they’ll do an amazing job of keeping them away.
Not everyone uses a wedding planner for their Long Island Wedding.  But if you decide that is the path you’d like to take, just use these tips and you can’t go wrong!

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