What Happens at a Wedding Planner Consultation?

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Have you ever wondered what happens during a wedding planning consultation?

As experienced Washington, D.C. wedding planners, we have spent countless hours meeting with couples to discuss their plans for their wedding day. Do you have a call or two on the books with prospective wedding planners and are unsure about the process or how to make the best use of your wedding planning consult or discovery call? Here is what to expect!

1. Take time to review a potential planner’s service offerings and pricing (if posted) on their website. If the planner’s starting costs are not in your price range, don’t schedule the call. It saves both you and the planner time and potential heartache.

2. Both partners should plan to attend this initial meeting.

3. Be ready to share details and logistics of your event. Think… date or ideal date, number of guests, venue or ideal location, and overall budget. It’s ok if this is just a starting point for now.

4. Come prepared with thoughtful questions you might have about the planner’s services or process. If there’s anything you’re unclear on…now is the time to ask.

5. At the end of the call, you can expect to discuss any next steps. That could be a proposal from the planner or include you providing the planner with a timeline on when you’ll be making a decision.

6. Don’t ghost. While consultations are a part of a planner’s job, it’s only right to value the time and expertise they share with you. If you know the planner is not the right fit at the end of the call – let them know!

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