Wedding Planners share their views on what you can do to help make your day more successful.
You have finally done it! You have found what you believe is the perfect wedding co-ordinator to help you organise your wedding abroad (or you’re in the process of doing so). So, how can you ensure they will live up to your expectations and plan the wedding of your dreams?
For wedding planners having beautiful glossy brochures and smart looking websites is only effective if their service matches their sales pitch. Wedding co-ordinators are service providers and their reputation is only as good as the feedback they receive from their clients – meaning it is in their interest to do their utmost to ensure that every client’s wedding day is a success.
Although, employing a planner is not a one way street, you too need to take some responsibility and will have a hand in how successful your wedding will be. If you really want to have your dream wedding it is vitally important that you develop a strong working relationship with your wedding planner.
So, how do you do this?
I have asked a number of top wedding planners who specialise in planning weddings abroad to help me tackle this question.
I have asked them to be as honest as possible. When dealing directly with a client it is not always easy to tell them they are being more of a hindrance than a help or that they really need them to be clearer in their communication.
I wanted the wedding planners to be able to tell you all the little things that they may just be too polite to normally say.
If you know what a wedding co-ordinator goes through and what you can do to help them make your day a success, it can only be a win-win situation.
Questions I asked the Wedding Planners:
Question One: How much time do you like to be given to plan a wedding?
Question Two: When planning a wedding for a client who is based abroad, how do you prefer to communicate with them (email, telephone, face-to-face)? Does this vary at different stages of the planning process? Does the method of communication vary depending on the client?
Question Three: Do you like to communicate with both the bride and groom, or is it better to have one of them as the main contact? Is it a help or a hindrance if family and friends become involved in the planning?
Question Four: Is there anything that client’s do that actually hinders the preparation for their wedding?
Question Five: What is the most frustrating (un-productive) thing a client can do?
Question Six: Do you like clients to communicate with individual suppliers, such as florists, band etc or do you prefer that all communication goes through you?
Question Seven: Is there anything that clients can do to help make the planning of their wedding easier?
Question Eight: Do you like to meet your clients before the wedding day? Is a couple of days before satisfactory or would you prefer to be able to meet with them earlier in the planning process?
Question Nine: What can a couple do on the day of their wedding to ensure that it runs smoothly and meets their expectations? What type of input do you need from them on the day?
Question Ten: What do you think is the key ingredient needed to have a good relationship with your wedding planner?
Question Eleven: Do you have any other pearls of wisdom or advice you can give a couple using a wedding planner to plan their wedding abroad?