If you’re recently engaged you are doubtless very excited and brimming with ideas. Firstly, and most importantly, huge congrats, and secondly are you thinking about how to prepare for your wedding planner consultation?
Your head may be full of flowers, linen colours, canapé ideas and, of course, dresses.
If you are aiming to hire a wedding planner to help you pull everything together and utilise your budget in the most effective manner, you can put all hopes, wishes and ‘random thoughts and questions’ to good use before attending your initial consultation…
Not the most exciting subject I know, however when you decide which planner to work with it will be one of their first questions. Why? Without knowing your budget your planner cannot build an initial breakdown of what is available for each element, such as venue hire, catering and flowers.
Before meeting with potential choices of planner, talk to everyone who might be contributing so you have an overall starting figure in your head. It doesn’t matter if it changes down the line: it’s a starting point.
For some couples a specific date is important. For others, it is more about a particular time of year, or a season.
Talk this over with your nearest and dearest and consider school holidays, Birthdays, Public Holidays, plus anything else which might render key ‘would be guests’ unable to attend.
The word ‘theme’ can throw some people into mild panic as it can bring forth visions of Star Wars, Disney or other ‘full on’ themed events.
Now, for some couples this is exactly what they want, but, more usually in the case of my clients, it comes down to a geographic or cultural style (Mediterranean, Italian, English Country Garden etc), a colour scheme or something else which is very specific to them.
If you are are keen user of Pinterest, or other design board sites, bring along your ideas to your consultation.
Who will be involved?
Aside from yourselves, who amongst family and friends, bridesmaids and groomsmen will you want your planner to work and communicate with?
Some clients prefer their planner to work predominantly with mum/s for example: this is absolutely fine but really useful to know from the outset.
Any questions or concerns
Lastly, do arrive armed with any particular queries or worries. You want to know that the person you choose to hire will be sensitive to your issues, empathetic and discreet and, very importantly, will make the whole process stress free and fun.
Image credits: Kate Nielen
Flowers: Wilde Thyme