Finding a proper wedding planner is a little bit of a daunting task, especially when you're looking in the GTA, with thousands of planners, coordinators and designers to choose from. How do you know if they are reputable? Creative? Talented? On budget? Here are some tips to help you along...
It is a good idea to have a handful of wedding planners that you are comparing prices and services with, however the number of wedding planners on the market can be truly overwhelming. So do your homework, research some reviews and compare 3-5 wedding planners. Make sure they are accredited (graduated from a prestigious Even Management program, certified through the Wedding Planning Institute of Canada or similar training) and have lots of experience! Also, remember that it isn’t always about price, but more so about the value of the service they are providing.
Interview Your Top Choices
To narrow down your search even further it is vitally important to interview your potential wedding planners in person. Think of it as a job interview, because essentially it is one. At this stage you have found a few select people in your price range, and you should have a general idea of the services they provide. The interview is important to get a more specific idea about sharing your vision for the wedding, and most importantly, checking out chemistry. Ask about their working style, how many weddings they work on at a time, and if they do their job part-time or full-time (which is extremely important if you are looking for someone who has more availability to work on your event with several moving parts).
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Match Based on Personality
If you hire the right wedding planner for you, they are going to be with you every step of the planning process. This means constant communication between you and your planner, that will inevitably increase to everyday interactions closer to the wedding. You want to make sure you are hiring someone you like and you jive with. If you connect with your planner, everything will go a lot smoother. Any problems that arise, you’ll be able to communicate solutions that much more efficiently.
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