Hiring a Wedding Planner – What to Expect in Your Initial Consultation
Planners will usually arrange an initial consultation with you when you enquire about hiring them. So I thought it would be worthwhile talking about what to expect in the consultation.
In the Consultation
In a consultation I will ask a lot of questions. I’ll ask you about things like budget, where and when you think you’d like to marry, guest numbers, any priorities, things you love (and hate) and understand if you’ve already booked anything.
But I’ll also really listen to you to get a good feel for what you do and don’t like and how you see your day. If you’re not local to me, I’m very happy to do the consultation by Skype or WhatsApp video call.
I’ll explain to you how my services work and what you can expect from me. So this is your chance to learn more about me, my experience and how I work.
It’s a great chance for us to get to know each other a bit too. If you hire me as your planner, we will be spending a lot of time together so it’s important that we do get on.
Initial consultations usually last between an hour and 2 hours.
It’s also your chance to ask me any questions you have. Maybe things like my experience, how I deal with certain elements, why I do what I do…….you can see more here about questions that you might want to ask.
What Happens Next?
After the consultation I’ll prepare a detailed proposal for you which is a summary of what you’ve told me, details of the support you need and my quote for that service.
If you’re happy with that then we can go ahead with your booking and I’ll send you a contract to sign as well as requesting payment of your deposit.
It’s not that scary really and should give you confidence to book the right planner for you.
Choosing your planner shouldn’t come down to price alone. You need to be confident that your planner understands your vision for your day and will do everything in their power to make it happen for you. and you need to be totally confident in their ability to plan a wedding and manage any issues which arise.