8 things to ask your wedding planner
Not sure where to start? These are the must-ask questions to put to your potential planner, before you book. Go on, we’re ready to answer them…!
1. Are you available on our wedding date? Right, let’s cut to the chase. There is absolutely no point getting to know your wedding planner, clicking and deciding 100% that this is the person you need to have beside you in the run-up to your big day, when they are already booked up on the date. Get it out of the way in your earliest enquiries if you’ve already set the date.
2. How many events have you planned and how many weddings do you handle each month/year? This gives you a clear idea of your planner’s experience, as well as what kind of level of attention you’ll receive in the months leading up to your wedding. Of course, it’s great to know your wedding planner has lots of successful events under their belt, but equally you need to know how busy they are and how much time they can dedicate to your wedding – especially in the four weeks before W-day!
3. What services do you offer? Wedding planning is not a ‘one size fits all’ business, so it’s important to ask what different packages your planner offers, as well as what would suit your needs most – whether you want someone to be there through every step of the decision making and organising, or purely a professional to be there on the day to make sure the wedding runs smoothly. At Peak Weddings, we have a number of packages for brides and grooms-to-be to choose from and can also offer a totally bespoke service to cater for your needs. Get in touch to find out more.
4. Are there any specific vendors you like to work with? A good wedding planner is worth their weight in gold, even if it’s just for their wedding vendor contacts book! You want your planner to be able to suggest some of the best local wedding suppliers around (FYI, with over 15 years of events under our belt, we’ve built up brilliant relationships with some of the best wedding vendors in the East Midlands. Just saying!) but make sure they are open to working with others if you have your heart set on a different band or florist. It’s your wedding and it’s always your call!
5. How hands-on are you? It’s useful to establish early on exactly how much contact you are happy with throughout the planning stages. Some couples like to share regular emails and have monthly (or more) meet ups, while others are happy with a couple of phone calls throughout the whole process. Find out how your wedding planner usually works, to make sure it’s a good fit with your expectations. The best planners are there whenever you need them, which is why at Peak Weddings we’re always flexible. It’s also important to us that you feel comfortable being as involved as you want. We understand a lot of couples are full of ideas and have a picture of exactly what they want their wedding to be like, while others prefer to take a bit of a back seat and let the planner sort most things out. Whatever you want, we can help. We’ll be there on your wedding day, from dusk until dawn, to make sure it runs like clockwork and you have nothing to worry about.
6. Have you planned many weddings at my venue or a similar venue? Having a wedding planner who is familiar with your venue is such a big plus – they know the layout, the pros, the cons, the staff and the capabilities, so can hit the ground running. If they haven’t worked at your specific venue, ask if they have organised weddings at a venue with a similar style, capacity or details. Peak Weddings has worked with some of the top wedding venues in the East Midlands, as well as organised some stunning outdoor marquee weddings, so you’re in safe hands.
7. What’s the biggest wedding mishap you’ve experienced and how did you deal with it? This is worth asking for two reasons – one, it’s essential to get an understanding of how your wedding planner works under pressure and their trouble-shooting skills, and two, the way your planner answers this question will give you a real insight into their character. If they smile and fill you in on all the details, you’ve got a keeper; if they brush over it and insist they’ve never dealt with any challenges, be sceptical!
8. What made you want to be a wedding planner? You’re going to be, potentially, spending a lot of time with and talking to your wedding planner, so you want to get on. Asking them why they do their job gives your planner the opportunity to share a bit about themselves, what drives them and, ultimately, what kind of person they are. Finding a wedding planner you click with makes the whole experience even more amazing. At Peak Weddings, we are still close with many of the brides we’ve worked with over the years – in fact, we’ve even helped plan some of their babies’ Christenings since!
Ready to start planning your wedding? Get in touch with us today, to see how we can help!