How to Choose a Wedding Planner

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Congratulations! You’re getting married! Planning a wedding can be a fun and exciting time, but it can also be overwhelming. Hiring a wedding planner can help take some of the stress off and make the process smoother. However, finding the right wedding planner for you can be challenging, especially if you’re not a big spender and want to have a smaller wedding. In this blog post, we’ll provide tips on how to choose the best wedding planner for you.

Determine your wedding planning needs

Before you start searching for a wedding planner, it’s important to determine your planning needs. Do you need someone to help with the entire planning process or just day-of coordination? Are you looking for a planner who can handle everything, including venue and vendor selection, or do you want to handle some aspects of planning yourself? Having a clear understanding of what you need from a planner will help you narrow down your options.

Establish your budget

Wedding planners can vary in price, so it’s important to consider your budget when choosing one. Be upfront about your budget and ask if they can work within it. A good wedding planner will help you make the most of your budget and provide guidance on where to spend and where to save.

Check out our other blog posts for tips on What to DIY at your wedding and How to get married in New Orleans on a budget.

Decide what size wedding you want

Having an idea of the size of your wedding will be helpful to know before choosing a wedding planner. Do you envision a full scale wedding with hundreds of guests, a destination wedding, or are you thinking of eloping with just your partner? Determining this will allow you to find a planner that specializes in what you’re looking for since planning needs can vary depending on size.

At PK Weddings and Events we have experience planning large weddings, intimate elopements, and everything in between. We offer all-inclusive packages that can be customized to meet your style and vision.

Consider their vendor network

One of the benefits of hiring a wedding planner is that they have a network of vendors they work with regularly. A great wedding planner should be able to provide you with a selection of vendors who fit your style and budget. PK Weddings and Events is extremely lucky to work with some of the best vendors in New Orleans that do gorgeous work without a high price tag.

Meet with potential planners

Once you’ve narrowed down your list of potential wedding planners, schedule meetings with them. Use this opportunity to get to know them and their approach to planning. If you’re considering a small wedding or working with a tight budget, ask them about their experience planning weddings with those specifications. Discuss your vision for your wedding and see if they can work with you to make it a reality. If you don’t feel like you’re on the same page, keep searching until you find the right fit.

Trust your instincts

Ultimately, you should choose a wedding planner that you feel comfortable with and who understands the vision you have for your wedding. You’ll be working closely with them throughout the planning process, so it’s important to have a good rapport.

Our lead wedding planner, Kristen Rauch, is not only very calm and organized, but she always goes above and beyond to find whatever it is our brides need. Being a New Orleans native with over 20 years of experience in the event planning industry, you’ll be in great hands should you choose her to plan your wedding day!

If you’re thinking about having your wedding (big or small) in New Orleans, we’d love to connect with you!

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