Before giving advice about how to hire a wedding planner, you must be reminded of the perfect person to plan your wedding: yourself! It can get stressful, but you only get to plan one wedding (hopefully!), so try to enjoy the ride! Wedding planning can be a great bonding experience with your future spouse, and at the very least you’ll have a lot of funny memories from the process! As well, you can always hire a planner, consultant, or stylist part-way through the planning process if you get overwhelmed.

If you’re still thinking about, or have already decided to, hire a wedding planner, here are our tips.

Wedding planners offer many options to fit your needs and budget:
- A full-service wedding planner or producer will manage all details of the entire wedding according to your style. Expect to pay at least $10,000, and as much as $40,000 for full-service.
- A wedding consultant or coordinator will not always be present, but they will help them along the way. They will refer vendors, set up appointments, and schedule wedding day activities. Normal costs for a wedding consultant are $2,500 to $10,000.
- A wedding designer or stylist can create a beautiful wedding to fit your style. They can work with flowers, interior decorators, graphic designers, and fashion artists to architect your perfect wedding. Wedding designer services normally cost $5,000 to $20,000.

Before looking for a wedding planner, make sure you have a few critical details ironed out, including:
- Your budget
- Your wedding date
- Your vision for your wedding

You should always schedule a face-to-face interview to make sure there is a good fit. The planner should understand your needs and be able to execute your vision. As well, the planner will be spending a lot of time with you and make many important decisions, so you must be comfortable working together. When you get to the interview, here are some of our favorite questions to ask:
- Are you a certified wedding planner?
- How long have you been in business?
- How many weddings do you expect to plan during the month of our wedding?
- Can we hire any vendor, or must we use your recommendations?
- Will you assist in reviewing the vendor contracts?
- What parts of the planning will we be responsible for?
- Will you be the person on site the day of the wedding?
- What time will you arrive and depart on the day of our wedding?
- Will you stay after the wedding to ensure everything has been cleaned up properly?
- Will you help with the wedding rehearsal?
- How do you handle changes we make after signing a contract?
- What deposit is required, and when are payments due?
- What is your refund and cancellation policy?
- Can you provide a list of references?
- Can you provide us with a portfolio and video of past weddings you have planned?

To find a wedding planner, you can search online. Many websites, such as The Knot feature qualified planners and show their reviews. As well, the Wedding Industry Professionals Association and International Special Events Society are non-profit organizations that have lists of qualified. Finally, if you have chosen some vendors or venues already, you could ask these people for recommended wedding planners.

As a final step, remember these two important things: make sure you have a signed contract, and remember to have fun!