Wedding Planning 101: 5 Questions to Ask a Potential Wedding Planner


From choosing a theme to picking colors to everything in between, planning a wedding is a lot of work. It’s a lot of fun work, to be sure, but still work! A wedding planner can help take a lot of that work off of your shoulders, so you can enjoy all the fun parts of being engaged (did someone say dress shopping?!) Here at Goodwin Manor in Little Rock, we’ve worked with the best of the best when it comes to wedding planners. And we’ve seen brides’ dream weddings come to life thanks to a planner and the rest of a dream team of vendors. If you choose to look into hiring a wedding planner, take the time to set up meetings with several planners. We put together 5 questions you should ask any potential wedding planner you meet.  ​

  • Money, money, money. The first thing you should find out when you’re considering a planner: How much can you afford to spend on one? And how much do they charge for their services? This can determine what type of planner you want to look into. There are full planners who handle every detail and part of planning from start to finish. There are also day-of coordinators who help you pull off the actual day of your wedding, like making sure you have a timeline to follow for every part of the day. These different types of planners will have different costs and can charge fees differently so make this the first question you ask.

  • What exactly will his/her responsibilities be? There are going to be a lot of items on your to-do list leading up to the wedding. Make sure your wedding planner gives you a clear idea of what you can expect will still be your responsibility and what his or her responsibility will be. Some planners want to give you the freedom to decide. Some will allow you to communicate your wedding vision to them and then they will execute it and make most of the decisions. Most planners will find several vendor options and then let you decide between them. Find out what their style is so you can be prepared for the amount of involvement you will have.

  • How do they prefer to communicate? You’ll be in touch with your wedding planner a lot. Make sure you know how he or she prefers to be contacted. Do they like to be e-mailed most? Or is it easier to talk to them via phone? Some questions will be time sensitive so prepare ahead of time by knowing the easiest way to get ahold of them.

  • Have they ever worked at your venue? If you have a venue chosen already, ask your planner if they have any experience planning weddings there. It’s an added plus if they have worked with the venue owner, staff, and vendors before. They’ll know how couples normally use the space or any important details about pulling off your wedding there.

  • Can they provide a list of references? A great way to find out if someone is a good fit for you and your wedding is to talk to previous brides and grooms that worked with them. Ask the planner if he or she has a list of references you can call or e-mail. This way, you can hear about their services from another couple’s point of view. This can be super helpful since you’ll likely be in their shoes in a matter of months!

A wedding planner is a wonderful investment to make, especially if you think you’ll need help staying organized during the planning process. If you’d like to learn more about wedding planning or wedding vendors in central Arkansas, including our beautiful, elegant venue, contact us at 501-590-4560! Goodwin Manor offers scenic views year round, making it a stunning spot for your big day no matter the season. We can’t wait to chat more about your big day! 

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