1. Where is he or she located?
Hire a wedding planner that either lives in the location of your wedding, or is familiar with the area.
This is important because you will want to have a wedding planner with connections in your area. (i.e. caterers, photographers, and other vendors).
2. How many years of experience does he or she have?
A wedding planner with years of experience is extremely important when you want to know what their reputation or track record is in the event coordinating industry.
An event planner who has respect within their community is KEY to the success of your wedding day.
You want someone who has seen it all, and knows what NOT to do on your special day.
This is not the time for YOU to be the guinea pig.
3. Is he or she someone you would spend time with?
Ask yourself if you would grab a coffee or a quick lunch with this person…
You are trusting him or her with one of the most special days of your life, so being able to socially interact with them is a MUST.
During your engagement and all the way up to your wedding day this is the person you will be spending A LOT of time with, so make sure you are compatible from the start.
4. Is he or she timely?
Make sure your wedding planner responds to your emails, phone calls, and/or text messages in a timely manner.
Your event coordinator should be prompt, organized, and calm in high pressure situations.
5. Does he or she have an impressive portfolio?
You should be inspired when you look at their “presentation book” or online portfolio.
If your not really impressed, then you may want to keep looking.
6. Is he or she connected on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest?
Over the last few years, social media engagement has become a necessity.
When an event planner is well connected through online media, you are in much better hands as they may be able to pull from a wide variety of amazing resources in their network for your special day!
7. Do you like their web design and style?
This may sound irrelevant, however, observing their web design and fashion sense will provide you with a good idea whether you share the same taste and style.
Weddings are about presentation so find a person who presents him or herself and their business in a way you respect and admire.
8. Does he or she understand YOUR vision?
Last and most importantly, your event coordinator must be able to:
1. Completely understand your vision and
2. Creatively expand on that vision.
Please Add to this List Below…
What are a few more important questions to ask a wedding planner or event coordinator before you hire them?
About the Author
Jamie is the Co-Founder and President of Estate Weddings and Events. Jamie and EWE have been featured in The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, Grace Ormonde, Style Me Pretty, WE TV, Premier Homes, and many other publications. When Jamie is not managing Luxury Events at EWE, you can find her traveling the world. Her favorite destinations visited are Laos and the Maldives.You can follow her on Google+ here.