• Tatum Pettrey

10 Questions Wedding Planners Always Get Asked

As a wedding planner I get asked a lot of questions from brides throughout the process of planning their weddings. Although every client brings a unique experience, there are still common questions that I get asked all of the time. Here are 10 common questions brides ask their wedding planners!

How should I plan out my budget?The answer to this question changes for every couple. I tell my clients to prioritize what is most important to them on their wedding day and make sure that those aspects get a larger portion of the budget – your wedding planner will be able to help you determine what percentages after you have decided what factors are most important to you.

What vendors should I expect to book first?Typically, you should book your wedding planners, venues and photographers first. They are usually booking a year in advance and you want to make sure you get the company that you are excited about before they book with someone else! However, if you are in love with a DJ or caterer, etc., you should also be looking to book them as quickly as possible.

How do I go about finalizing my guest list?Simply put, I tell my couples to invite people who they value now and who they will value later. It is okay to not invite everyone you know.

How many people on my guest list should I expect to actually come to the wedding?The standard answer is 75% of your guest list – but I always say it depends on a variety of factors. Date of wedding, whether all guests live in town or out of town, etc. However, you only want to invite the number you could afford if 100% of your guest list attended. Avoid over-inviting because you assume several will not make it.

Why is it important to have a wedding day timeline?This is SO important – a timeline helps your wedding professionals work as a team and makes sure the event runs smoothly with no confusion. When you do not have a timeline things can come off as unorganized to your guests and often times things will be left out or run late.

Why do I need a seating chart?A seating chart makes the flow of a reception much smoother. Guests will not be moving chairs around to sit next to friends and you won’t have solo chairs left empty causing seating issues.

How do I avoid forgetting small details? Ask your wedding planner to provide you with a list (Guest book, pen, jewelry, veil, card box, etc.) and begin packing those items up weeks in advance. Have everything in one place so you know you won’t forget them and even separate them into ceremony items or reception items. 

Do we have to do this tradition?It is your wedding, you can do as much or as little as your heart desires. Never feel like you have to conform to the normal traditions if you do not feel like it is representative of your personalities.

Should we set a dress code for our wedding?Setting a dress code is very helpful for your guests. Whether it is casual, semi-formal, formal or black tie it is best to express the attire you’d like your guests to wear.

Why do I need a wedding planner if I have a venue coordinator?Venue coordinators are amazing; however, they typically only take care of venue related tasks and problems. Your wedding planner will be the point of contact for vendors, create a timeline, solve non-venue related issues, etc. Wedding planners and venue coordinators work great together!

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