How to Pick the Perfect Wedding Planner

The big question is “Should I or shouldn’t I hire a wedding planner?” We cannot give you a simplistic answer, but can help guide you make your decision. Your budget, timeline and personality will play a critical role in this calling.

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The detailed questions for you to consider when meeting a wedding planner are listed in the Perfect Muslim Wedding Planning Kit. However, to help you get started and give context here are things to think about.

  1. There are hundreds if not thousands of small and large decisions you will be making for your wedding.
  2. First, understand what a wedding planner brings to the party. Forget Jennifer Lopez in the movie “The Wedding Planner.”
  3. Have you helped coordinate a wedding recently? If not, do you need someone to help bring your and your spouse and families vision to reality? Maybe you already have a clear idea about what you want as well as the details. Perhaps you still need your own personal assistant to help with the to-do list, or just manage some aspects of the wedding e.g. decor and floral arrangements.
  4. Are you on a time crunch? Most weddings take from six months to a year to plan. If you are on a shorter timeline, a planner may be invaluable.
  5. Do you have a budget or can you help carve out one for a wedding planner? Remember, the question isn’t “Can I or my family, friends manage all the logistics?” The bigger question is at what expense in terms of time, stress, money and relationships.
  6. On the wedding day you want to focus on your role, not be worried sick about all the logistics. A good planner can help narrow down the vendors for each task. Leaving you plenty of time and room to have fun and greet guests.
  7. Trust, chemistry and reliability are critical in whoever you select. The planner must work in your budget to help bring your vision to reality. The best way to find them is through referrals.
  8. A planner may be able to save you money, from catching mistakes, to just giving good advice. They may also help save relationships by being a trusted advisor to the family when conflicts or disagreements arise with some decisions.
  9. It is very helpful if they are local and have worked with the venue or vendors, assuming you have a preference. It is nice if the planner has relationships with multiple vendors, but beware of conflicts of interest.
  10. Understand their fees. Some charge a flat rate ($3-10K), others a percentage of the wedding budget. A good rule of thumb depending on the budget is 7-15% depending on what they are entrusted with.
  11. If you are a control freak, and you know who you are, a wedding planner may not be the best choice for you.  A planner has to be entrusted to make decisions on your behalf. If they are going to be second-guessed or micro-managed it will lead to problems. Set clear expectations.
  12. Last but not least, meet your prospect planner and ask lots of questions. Listen attentively and take notes. A comprehensive list of questions for wedding planners is listed in the Perfect Muslim Wedding Planning Kit.
  13. Narrow down your list, and use your head and heart to make the right choice.

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