While searching for the perfect wedding planner, you might feel overwhelmed about who to choose and what qualifications are most important. Fortunately, things are quite simple.

Use these tips below to find a planner whose portfolio includes your wedding style, whose personality you like and trust, and whose reputation and reviews are impeccable (or they were highly recommended by reputable vendors or friends).
How to Hire the Perfect Wedding Planner for Your Wedding. How to find a wedding planner that is right for your wedding vision and dreams. 

Know Your Expectations

Do you want a devoted wedding planner coordinating all vendors and events, as well as planning your wedding day, or just a day-of coordinator who only handles your wedding timeline and its execution?

Asking yourself questions like this will help define what kind of planner will be the best fit for you. After researching some coordinators, plan to meet them -it’s not only ok to meet with more than one, but it’s encouraged to meet with many!

Marina Tolentino from Bustle Events says, “DO YOU. While family and friends may have a million opinions, ultimately it’s you and your fiancé’s wedding. If you want to elope, do it! If you want to have a bohemian relaxed wedding and silent disco, do it! It comes down to the memories you want to make, not what everyone else does or copying weddings people have seen on Pinterest. It’s crucial to have a planner on your side to help you create the day of your dreams and back you up no matter what.”

Bride with fresh makeup by Janet Villa at Whispering Rose Ranch, film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography 

Don’t Settle for Less

Hiring a planner is an investment. Don’t settle for a planner you don’t believe understands your vision. Don’t risk all the planning, time, and money you have invested with someone who can’t execute perfectly.

You’ll need someone who shows true devotion and genuine interest in you and your wedding day. You also don’t deserve to be stressed on one of the most important, beautiful, and life-changing events you’ll ever experience.

Elizabeth Gopal of East Made Co says, “Nowadays many planning companies offer design and styling as well. Make sure you mesh with a planner’s personality and have checked their online reviews if you are hiring for logistics, and make sure you’ve fallen in love with their consistent design style if you are hiring for the aesthetic. For us, whenever a client comes in feeling like we’ll be a good fit stylistically, mutual trust is established from the onset of planning, which yields a fruitful and productive relationship throughout the engagement. Having this trust and friendship allows us to get to know a couple more deeply and design a wedding that is truly meaningful and reflective of them..”

Bride in Marchesa gown with pink Louboutin pumps in her hands, film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography - Santa barbara wedding photographer 

Trust Their Insight and Network

Your perfect wedding planner needs to learn about you, your aesthetic, and your vision. Your personalities should mesh and you’ll want to feel comfortable trusting in them. Let them be creative, but choose wisely, because some prioritize creativity over actual planning and coordinating.

Your planner is obligated to have a network of trusted vendors and venues and ought to be able to match up the appropriate vendors with your style and expectations.

Ultimately, they will help save you time, money, and stress by overseeing the vendors, managing the not-so-fun tasks, giving and providing you with the inside scoop, helping create a budget, and making your dream wedding come true!

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