In our last post we discussed why you should invest in a planner. Now that you’re searching for a planner, here are a few things you should keep in mind when you are meeting with each one.
- Organize. This seems obvious enough, am I right? Needless to say it will be the most important trait your coordinator possesses. He or she must be on point with everything from A to Z. Your planner must be able to set a date to meet with you at least once a month 6 months prior to the wedding and at least 2-3 times a month as the wedding approaches. He or she should have a set schedule on what you will discuss, offer you choices, and give you time to make your decisions. Your planner should not rush you but should make sure you stay on schedule.
- Prioritize. Being able to prioritize is a major necessity when choosing the right planner. In a perfect world you would normally plan a wedding during the timespan of a year; however, that is not always the case and many brides find themselves trying to plan an entire wedding in 6 months. Although it may be difficult, it can be done when you find out where your priorities lay. Understanding which vendors to book first will help the planning process run as smoothly as possible.
- Improvise. I know what you may be thinking here, ‘It’s my wedding I shouldn’t have to improvise at all!’ This is still true; however, if the need should arise your planner needs to be quick on his or her feet. If the photographer is stuck in traffic but the ceremony is scheduled to begin your planner will need to stall and keep your guests from becoming uncomfortable or agitated. Many problems may occur during your planning process but your planner should be able to provide you with solutions when he or she brings the problem to your attention. Your planner should always be at least one step ahead.
Above all you should feel comfortable and safe with your planner. You will be going through one of the most exciting and stressful times of your life and should be able to be yourself and have fun throughout the entire process.