by: Kelly

So you’re engaged? Congratulations! Once you’re done basking in the newly engaged glow, it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty of booking your vendors. If you are hiring a wedding planner (or even thinking about it), they might will be one of the first people you need to hire. Of course it’s always great to do your research and look into various professionals prior to choosing one, but it can be difficult to figure out who is ultimately right for you. So to help you choose who will be the best fit for you and your wedding, I’ve compiled a few questions that are helpful to ask a potential wedding planner:

  5 Questions To Ask A Potential Wedding Planner

1. What does a wedding planner actually do?

As a planner, I find that initially most brides don’t really know what I do. Brides know that they want some help (any help!) but they aren’t quite sure what they are signing up for. You might feel silly asking this question but I really think it’s the best place to start. Plus, no planner would think you’re silly-I promise! Chances are good that they are going to mention things you didn’t even think of- such as loading your gifts into the car at the end of the night, making sure a designated person has your marriage license, working their magic on that broken bustle/flash flood/missing boutonniere… and the list goes on and on. After asking this question, you’ll be SO excited about having an amazing planner in your corner, and be one step closer to choosing the right one for you!

Read more on this: What A Wedding Planner Really Does

2. What are your service options and which should I choose?

Once you know the basic ins and outs of having a planner (if you don’t, read the post mentioned above!), it’s time to talk specifics. Most planners offer several service levels, and it can be tough to know which the best option for you is. Some brides come to me thinking they need one level of service but after talking things through, realize they need a different level. Part of choosing the right planner is knowing what you need from him or her and whether or not they can provide that to you. So just ask the planner you’re meeting with for guidance, and you should be able to figure it all out!

Read more on this: 10 Signs You Might Need A Wedding Planner

3. Have you planned an event of my size/in my timeframe before?

When choosing the right planner it’s important to ask questions specific to your event- especially if they are things out of the “norm” such as an extra-large guest count or a tight time crunch. While these aren’t necessarily deal breakers per say (just because your planner hasn’t had to accommodate 400 guests before doesn’t mean she isn’t able to), I know from experience that these types of questions matter in putting couples at ease and aiding in finding the right match. The fact is, some planners do not have the “manpower” to handle weddings of certain sizes or time frames, so it is important to assess that early on if it is a concern of yours.

Read more on this: Seven Traits of a Great Wedding Planner

4. Can you refer me to other vendors?

Okay let me point out that I did not say “can you get me discounts”. That is not what I’m talking about here. I am talking about your planner’s vendor network and finding out if that is something that you will be offered access to. In my opinion, a great advantage to having a planner is access to trusted vendors (like those here on ELD, yay!). My couples ask me all the time to refer them to a photographer, florist, bridal shop, etc. that I trust and that will fit with their budget. If vendor referrals are something that appeals to you, ask the planner if they offer this and what sort of style, budget, and range they can provide.

Read more on this: 7 Things Wedding Planners Do (That Brides/Moms/Aunts/Friends Can’t)

5. Will you fit in my budget?

I’m sure you have all been waiting for this one! I purposefully saved it for last because while I know it is important (really, really important), I want to make sure it isn’t the only question you are asking. So much more than just affordability should go into choosing your vendors. Make sure you find a planner who you trust, who offers the services you’re looking for, who meshes well with your personality, who can accommodate your wedding needs, and who is within your buget. It may seem impossible but it definitely can be done! A lot of planners will talk with you about customization, smaller package options, payment plans, or may even have a different planner they can refer you to who is more in line with your budget. Remember- you will never know if you don’t ask!

Read more on this: Can’t Afford A Wedding Planner?

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Have any of you hired a planner already? If you have any other questions to add, please feel free to comment below! And any planners- feel free to add more insight in the comments below too! :)

5 Questions To Ask A Potential Wedding Planner



by: Lauren

Wedding Planning Advice: Follow Your Heart!

“Take a deep breath, relax, and remember that there are no rules. You can do whatever you want. Follow your heart, and how you want your celebration and union to be unique to who you are, together. Make the day yours and be creative. Think outside of the box, and about light, about outdoor, offbeat or boutique locations and bring in what’s sentimental and fun for you both. Welcome help from loved ones to contribute handmade elements of the day!”

- Erin & Liz of Papered Heart Photography

 

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by: Lauren

Yes friends, you read that right… you can WIN an Ecoura eco-friendly engagement ring from our sponsor REEDS Jewelers!

Ecoura is a jewelry company focused on creating and maintaining a beautiful world for everyone to enjoy. Using eco-friendly materials and practices, Ecoura produces some of the most stunning engagement rings I’ve ever seen! You can read more about Ecoura and their promises here.

More importantly, thanks to the amazing REEDS Jewelers and Ecoura co-sponsoring a giveaway, you all have the opportunity to enter to win a diamond Ecoura ring valued at over $2,000! All you have to do is click the image below and follow a few simple instructions to enter:

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Enter To Win:

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This giveaway ends August 15th, so be sure to get your entry in right away! (Oh, and of course go see all of the gorgeous rings too- I know I’ve been drooling over them for months now!)

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This post and giveaway is sponsored by REEDS Jewelers and Ecoura. All opinions are the author’s own. 



by: Lauren

Gorgeous florals and a soft, romantic style play an integral part in making this vintage garden wedding from Concept Photography absolutely stunning! Taking place at the beautiful Ryckman Park in Florida, expansive oak trees, a glimmering river, and gorgeous sunset were the perfect setting for Jamie and Adam’s outdoor wedding they had always envisioned. Jamie is here with us today to tell us more about her wedding…

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What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

Our wedding planner Karry Castillo with Uniquely Yours was a major part of the planning process and wedding day. She made sure the planning went smoothly during the months leading up to the event and helped make our day perfect. She used her expertise to direct us while still allowing the wedding to be our own ideas and inspiration. I highly recommend using a wedding planner!

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What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?

We were lucky to stumble upon our amazing photographers while painstakingly browsing the web for wedding inspiration. I loved the way they captured couples naturally without looking too posed. They referred us to our wedding planner and after meeting with her we knew she would make our vision come to life. Each vendor after that was selected carefully based on who would fit the theme best.

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What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?

I have always loved the vintage theme that has become popular with weddings this past year but I wanted it to be unique as well. I would say our wedding was a cross between romantic and vintage. There is so much beauty in simplicity so we kept the colors neutral and just let the outdoor scenery shine. The skeleton keys used for the escort tags were the first things I had to have and everything else fell into place from there.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

There were so many favorites that I had during my wedding day. I loved the antique doors that were used for the ceremony in place of an arch. Our flowers were so whimsical and they were everything I ever imagined them to be. The whole day was pretty magical.

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

My best advice for other brides would be to really live in the moment on your wedding day. The time that you spent planning brings you to this one day that you get to marry the one you love. My husband and I promised each other that we would take in all of the details and not leave each other’s side all day/night long or get caught up in formalities. We kept our promise.

Oh I LOVE Jamie’s advice to stick together during your wedding day. As odd as it seems, you certainly can get split up between the dancing and talking to guests, so consciously making an effort to stay by one another’s side is a great idea!

Have you and your future spouse talked about how you will enjoy your wedding day? Anyone married already and have any advice to share for enjoying your wedding day to the fullest? Comment below! :)

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer:  Concept Photography // Event Planner: Uniquely Yours // Equipment Rentals: A Chair Affair, Inc. // Dress Store:Aurora Bridal // Caterer: Green Turtle Market // Reception Venue:Ryckman Park // DJ: Tagas Event and Production Services

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