Response: Hello Maggie, There are several ways to learn about a wedding planner without directly asking her. First, check with your local Better Business Bureau. You should be able to do that by calling their automated system and in-putting the phone numbers of people you are interested in.
Then, ask your photographer and caterer for recommendations. They see planners on the job, so they will know how they act and how they handle last minute issues that may arise. Your florist will only see a planner in her shop, so may not be the best recommendation, but she can tell you if the person seems controlling or bossy during consultations.
Be careful about hiring someone who has recently opened their business. You want someone with experience who knows the merchants in your market and who knows how to handle various situations that may occur.
Once you have a couple of names, make an appointment to meet with each of them and see how your personalities mesh. Dont let price be the deciding factor unless both are equally good.
Most planners work on a flat fee, not an hourly rate. Be careful if the person says they work for a percentage of your budget, as they can encourage you to spend more than you had planned so that their fee is higher.
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