Let’s be honest, hiring a wedding planner can be a little daunting! After all, you’ll be handing over one of the biggest days of your life to a virtual stranger. That’s why an initial consultation is so important! Whenever I start a new planning partnership with a couple, I start with a consultation over a nice cup of tea and a slice of cake (as is only civilised!). They usually take between one and two hours. Of course, if you’re planning a UK destination wedding and are based outside Essex or London, a Skype consultation is the next best thing (although you’ll have to make your own tea!).
The initial consultation is a chance for you to get to know your wedding planner, and for them to get to know you. It allows you to pass on all the information they might need to prepare a proposal, and gives you the opportunity to see whether you will be a good fit. Here are a few of the things you should expect at the first meeting with your wedding planner.
Questions… and more questions!
Be prepared for your wedding planner to ask loads of questions. (Don’t worry, they’ll be listening too!) It’s important for me to get a sense of who you are as a couple, and to understand your wedding vision. Expect questions on budget, guest list size, how you see your wedding day, things that you love and hate, priorities, any decisions you’ve already made like venue, etc. After all, it is YOUR wedding, and it’s my job to make your day perfect!
Getting to know you…
As I mentioned, the consultation is also an opportunity to get to know one another and see if we’re a good fit. You’ll be spending plenty of time working with your wedding planner in the coming months, so you want to make sure that you feel comfortable with them, and that they understand and can produce the kind of wedding you’re dreaming of.
Information (and answers)
Another thing you should come away with from your first consultation is more information on your wedding planner and what you can expect from them. This will include an explanation of how their services work, their experience, and some of their past work. During the meeting, be sure to ask any questions you have. Consider writing them down beforehand, as it’s easy to forget in the moment!
Finally, you should expect excitement and enthusiasm! I’m always delighted to meet new clients, start discussing their ideas, and know that I will be able to help them and take the stress out of wedding planning for them.
Planning your luxury wedding in Essex or London? I’d love to hear from you!