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Let us just come right out and say it. Do not and we repeat do not try and plan your own wedding by yourself. Unless you want months of frustration and stress and possibly something going very wrong, we cannot stress enough that you need to search for and hire a professional wedding planner. Many brides think that planning their own wedding will be a piece of cake until they actually get knee deep into the details and then they realize that there is a lot more to take into account than they thought. They also realize that many of the issues related to a wedding are issues that they have never had to deal with before and they have no knowledge of. One of the main complaints we have heard about is negotiating with all of the various vendors that need to be hired for a wedding. If you have never had to do this before and you are not sure what should be included in the service that each vendor should be providing to you, then you will find yourself at a loss very quickly. Not to mention the time that it takes to plan a wedding. Unless you have unlimited amounts of time, you will find yourself taking care of details on a regular basis in the months leading up to your wedding day. There will always be something to do it seems. By hiring a professional wedding vendor, you will be taking all of this off of your shoulders and all you will need to do is be ready to have regular meetings with your planner in order to approve of certain details and then they will implement them. Now that we hope we have convinced you of your need for a professional planner, there are some specific qualities that you will want to be on the lookout for. Here is a guide to help you as you start your search in the Jacksonville area.

Since you will be having fairly regular meetings with your planner, it is a good idea to look for someone who resides within a reasonable drive of where you live. That way, wherever you meet, it is not going to take you or them an hour or more to get to each other. There is another factor related to this issue. If your wedding is going to be fairly close to where you are, it is a good idea to hire a planner that has contacts fairly close to you as well. Hopefully, by the time you go on your search for your planner, you will have booked with venues. If you have, tell each candidate that you interview about your venues and find out if they have ever planned a wedding there. This would be a great advantage to you but it is certainly not a deal breaker.

Talk about how long they have been planning weddings. This is essential. There are so many details involved in the planning of a wedding that you truly need to find someone who has been through the paces and know the ins and outs of wedding planning. Ask them why they got into wedding planning in the first place. Find reviews on each candidate. This can alert you to any potential red flags. In a related issue, ask for references and follow up with each one. Have a discussion about what kind of discounts they might be able to get you. Do you actually like the person you are talking to? This can be much more important than you realize because you are going to be working with this person very closely for several months.

An organized planner is also essential. Talk about how they like to communicate with their clients. Ask to see their portfolio and determine whether you like what you see. One thing you want to be very sure of as you talk with each candidate is how they treat you. Are they pushy, bossy, and not a good listener? If so, move onto another candidate. They should be listening to what you have to say and interested in making your day be the absolute best it can be. Now that you know what to look for, go out and find that professional planner that you ease all of your burdens and allow you to enjoy your wedding experience.