6 Tips to Choose the Right Wedding Planners

2jPreparing for a wedding entails a lot of things. A LOT. Making all the necessary arrangements for the big day can be very daunting. For couples who are confident about their planning skills, they opt for the DIY route. Most couples, however, choose to hire professional wedding planners to avoid stress.

If you’re getting ready for your Bali wedding, this is something you might want to consider. Can you handle all the preparations on your own?

There are plenty of wedding planners available but you need to find the right people to help you every step of the way. Here’s what you should do.

Know the type of wedding planners you need.

To start off, you need to know what type of wedding professionals you need. Yes, there are different types of planners operating today and their services differ.

  • Full-time Wedding Planner. If you want to avoid stress, these are the kind of people you need. Full-time wedding planners will plan the big day down to the last detail. All you have to do is share your inputs and approve proposals to make sure it’s the wedding you’ve always dreamed of.
  • “Day of” Coordinator. Unlike full-time professionals, a “day of” coordinator will only be there on your wedding day to ensure things go smoothly. This makes a sensible option if you plan on having a small, simple, and intimate celebration.
  • Wedding Consultant. If you’re more of a hands-on person and want to handle all the preparations, a wedding consultant can assist you andcan act as your coach during the whole process.

Get the names of your top prospects.

Once you’ve determined the kind of planners you need, your next step is to get some names.  Do some research online, visit online forums, and find out which organizers have met or exceeded client expectations. You may also get recommendations or referrals from people you personally know. Those who are recommended by friends are great options to consider.

Set up a meeting.

Once you have a few prospects in mind,  set up a meeting with each of them. It would be a wise thing to meet potential wedding planners and see them face to face. This gives you the opportunity to interview them, get to know them, and have your concerns addressed promptly. Don’t hesitate to ask about their work experience, their history, how long they’ve been in the business, and how they organize weddings.

Ask about their scope of service.

Not all wedding planners are the same. They may not always have the same range of services. Before hiring anyone, be sure to know how they can be of service to you. Can they help you find a wedding location or a venue for the reception? Perhaps you need help finding Bali luxury villas for rent. Are they going to be present on the day of the event? Find out which professionals can provide the kind of assistance you need.

Look into their portfolio.

One way to get to know more about your prospects is to take a look at their portfolio. Find out how they planned and managed weddings in the past. This will give you an idea of their level of expertise, professionalism, and how they do their work in general. Do you like how their previous wedding projects turned out?

Compare costs.

Fees vary between wedding planners depending on the kind of services they provide. Most companies today offer wedding packages that can be customized to your needs. Compare costs to find an option that best fits your budget. In addition, you should also ask what the cost covers (catering, entertainment, suppliers, etc.). You must be aware of the things you are paying for.

With all the information you’ve gathered, you can narrow down the list to your best two or three prospects. Take time to weigh the pros and cons of each one before selecting your final choice. Keeping your budget in mind, consider what you can afford. Choose the team which you think can turn your dream wedding into a reality.