How to Find a Good Wedding Planner

Previously we discussed what wedding planners and designers do and how to determine which type is right for you. Before you move ahead, read through our tips on how to find a good wedding planner or designer.


Your wedding planner and / or designer’s job is to make your life easier, and your job is to let them handle the details while you focus on the big picture. You’ll know you’ve found the right wedding planner or designer when he or she gets your vision and puts you at ease. If you feel comfortable putting your party in his or her hands and confident that what needs to get done will get done, then you’ve found the one.

When asked what couples should bring to their first consultation, event stylist and planner Jessica Sloane says, “Nothing. I actually prefer that we start with a clean slate! But of course, I want them to come with their questions, so that I can answer those. And my clients always have a notebook with them to jot stuff down since our work is very collaborative.”


When you find the right wedding planner and / or designer for you, arrange a time to meet and sign the contract. Before you sign, make sure it includes all of the information below.

  • Who: name and contact info (your’s and their’s)
  • What: everything they’ll be providing
  • Where: the location of your events
  • When: dates of service
  • How much: cost for service, including any additional fees
  • Receipt: the deposit paid, the balance due and due dates
  • Uh oh: cancellation policies and emergencies

Once the two of you have signed on the dotted line, file your copy of the contract into a folder that you can easily access later. Update your budget to reflect any deposits you made and any additional funds owed.

Now that you know how to find a good wedding planner or designer and what to look for in the contract you’re ready to get started!