When you choose to work with a wedding planner, you’re choosing to work with a professional who has developed an exact science for creating the perfect day you’ve always dreamed about. It’s important to foster a partnership with your planner to ensure your wedding day fits the exact vibe and flow you’re aiming for. And while you can depend on your planner to fulfil their role to make it happen, your help and cooperation in three key areas will guarantee your partnership is productive and valuable.
First and foremost, it’s important to understand the exact role of your planner as you navigate the process. Before you book a wedding planner, be sure you understand exactly what is included in their package services. A common misunderstanding is that wedding planners take care of massive emergencies, minor details, and last-minute additions to your wedding. Our recent blog explores in depth the exact role of the wedding planner, but it’s important that you ask the appropriate questions so that your planner is sure to fulfill all of the needs you require for your day. Ultimately, a planner’s goal is to connect with you to create the wedding day experience the most closely meets your vision.
Photography by: Del Sol Photography
It is crucial for a successful wedding planning partnership that the couple utilize the tools given to them by the wedding planner to collect and organize information. In today’s digital age, many couples approach a planner already having Pinterest boards, spreadsheets, and post-its full of their wedding ideas. However, it’s important to note that many planners choose to utilize an all-inclusive service that allows them to keep your details in line and their plans moving forward. When they request that you take the time to import your existing data into the system that they prefer to use, be sure to take the time to upload the information necessary so that your entire vision is at your planner’s fingertips. Their systems are tied closely with their vendor network, and your use of those systems makes both your experience and your planners more enjoyable, more thorough, and simpler. Mood boards, guest lists, and notes can more easily be translated into actual plans when they are thoroughly communicated via your planner’s tools.
A common misconception of many couples when planning a wedding is that their direction will be mistaken for overbearing micromanagement. When you work with the wedding planner, their goal and job is to take all of your detailed wishes and transform into a vision and event that runs like clockwork. If, through the planning process, your vision shifts and you decide you would like to make a change – that’s ok! An effective partnership with a wedding planner means your day will look exactly the way you always dreamed it would. Even if you are laid-back and easy going, direction is important for your planner to do their job. Allow them to guide you and connect you with the vendors, venues, and other services that will make your dreams a reality.
Finally, understanding the need for your involvement, participation, and open communication is key to ensuring you will have the details of your day buttoned up in a timely manner. It can be challenging if a couple puts off answering key questions or defining important details until the last minute, and their lack of attention can cause undue panic and stress. It is part of the bride and groom’s responsibility to stay involved with the planners work and direction, answering questions when necessary, and giving direction so that the day meets their vision.
Photography: Amanda K Photography
It can be intimidating to begin work on such a huge event, especially when you’re working across oceans, borders, and time zones. What’s most important to remember is that your planner’s main goal is to help you have the perfect wedding you’ve always dreamed about. Be open and communicative, ask lots of questions, change your mind, and give specifics in regard to what you want. If you do, your planner will really nail the design of your day and, together, you’ll create an event that is better than you could have dreamed.