What Makes A Great Wedding Planner

What makes a great event planner?

  • Organisation:

Being organized and developing systems is one of the wedding planner skills that separates truly professional wedding planners . A good wedding planner is organized and has excellent time-management and multi-tasking skills. Coordinating a wedding means the planner will be overseeing everything. The bridal party, venue, staff, deliveries, vendors, timelines and much more. Not only on the day of the event but also through the wedding planning process.

  • Knowledgeable:

Wedding planners should be knowledgeable in all aspects of planning from the engagement party to the honeymoon, and everything between.

Many couples want to be cost savy in their wedding planning, so wedding planners should know how to get the best deals in their area and cost shortcuts that can save the you money. The wedding planner should know a little about all the vendors in the area to able to match up couples with the vendors that best suit their needs.

A great wedding planner should stay up to date on the latest wedding trends.

Knowledge and experience does not always come from a degree or certification. Once you have been in a certain situation a number of times you will learn far more then from a text book. A planner with past experience can draw on this in each situation. A great wedding planner knows how to help solve any problems that may arise during the wedding.

  • Professionalism:

A good impression needs to be made with you and your vendors and not just in person but also over the phone or via email. Your planner should dress and act professionally, be punctual to meetings and conscious of their social media presence.

Even with the help of a planner, brides can become overwhelmed and stressed especially as the day approaches. As a wedding planner, it’s their job to remain calm and in control. They are the individual that calms everyone else’s nerves. Your planner has to think on her feet and be ready with Plan B.  

Great wedding planners need to conduct themselves with integrity. They are honest and ethical in their negotiations and business transactions.

  • Communication:

Your planner wont just be talking with you during the planning and actual day. They will need to communicate with vendors, all the members of the bridal party and your guests. They need to be able to communicate effectively with all different groups of people.  They need to be able to motivate people, give direction and get people to listen to them. 

Their written communication and phone manner will also need to reflect their professionalism. 

A good wedding planner needs to be a good listener. She needs to not only listen, but to truly hear what you are saying, even if you don’t know how to articulate it. You must feel that you can communicate freely wth your wedding planner about your vision and be confident that they can then communicate that to the vendors to make it a reality.

  • Creatively

Whether or not your wedding planner is also a wedding designer/stylist they need to have an eye for event design. This will help them better understand the work and vision of your wedding designer/stylist. It will also enable them to help you make design decisions. They also need to be able to envision your ideas in the venues suggested.

They need to also understand the your uniqueness and that not every wedding is the same. It is up to the planner to interpret  your vision and make it a reality.

  • Financial Management:

Many couples will hire a wedding planner to save money. It’s the planners job to be the expert on where to spend, how much to give out to whom and importantly where to save. Without financial planning, you may have some extremely gorgeous decorations but a menu that does seem fitting to a wedding!

A planners budget management skills also include being able to negotiate and work with vendors to meet your budget. You will be relying on your planner to negotiate the best deal for you.

  • Passion

A great wedding planner has a positive attitude and passion for people and marriage.

They should be naturally upbeat, positive person who is willing to work hard, work weekends and nights and do want it takes to get the job done.