Hiring a wedding planner is serious business.
He or she is going to guide you throughout your engagement and provide answers, advice, and help along the way. He or she is going to have an impact on your wallet (and/or your parents' wallets) and you're going to have to spend a lot of time with them.
When you're hiring a planner there are a variety of things you should take into account. But what's the #1 thing to look for when you're hiring a wedding planner?
Will your wedding planner put your best interests first?
THAT is the question you should be getting an answer to more than anything else. Get to the bottom of that and you will find a good fit.
Will your planner get to know you?
Your wedding planner should get to know you. They should learn all about your likes and dislikes so that they can offer up the right advice and suggestions. Let's say you have a very modern clean-lined aesthetic but your planner has not bothered to figure that out. They have gone on to propose a loose, organic flower arrangements and vintage furniture vignettes as part of your reception decor. Um, yeah, no. That's not going to work.
Will your planner push their ideas/aesthetic/traditions onto you?
Your wedding planner should behave as YOUR advocate. Red flags should be popping up if you'd like to be married by a judge and your planner is pushing for a religious ceremony. Do you hate flowers but your planner is insisting on them? That's another red flag.
Your planner should be able to adapt and collaborate with you to find the best solution to all of your needs and wants. They should not be imposing their agenda onto your event.
We're in the service business
Let's be clear... wedding planning is a service business. So anyone who is not putting their customer first is not "in it to win it". You want to find a planner that values you as a customer; someone who is not going to treat you like another entry in their books.