Wedding planners were considered a luxury for the wealthy and/or celebrities. Nothing could be further from the truth. If you are recently engaged or even one month from your wedding and need a little help, here is a sensible, intelligent and real guide to finding that special someone who can get you down the aisle to your other special someone with style. These are the quick, crucial bullet points you need NOW:
1) Talk to friends, vendors and look at blogs and sites that you trust. Ask their recommendations. Schedule meetings with at least three highly vetted consultants/planners after checking out their websites and seeing their work. To hire the best wedding planner you can also refer to http://www.bellsnwhistles.com.au/ website.
Come armed with questions and use this as your guide. Most of all follow your gut and see who you click with. Those consultations should be by appointment only and of course, gratis.
2) First question: do you like their style (of manners, humor, dress, organization)? Does he or she make you smile/feel calm? If so, that's a good sign you'll be a great team. Remember, a wedding planner is part budget guru, part organizational ninja, part shrink, part style consultant and part family therapist. He or she (and their team) will be your sanity, your laugh, your respite and your guide. Choose wisely.
3) Do they have a variety of ways to plan, such as full-service (best for most brides), the weekend off and hourly? Are they reachable during most business hours and some after hours? Don't abuse it and call at 3 am in a panic, but expect that they will get back to you promptly when you have burning issues. Planners live on their smartphones, so text and email as well. They are super organized.