Wedding 101

4 Tips for Hiring the Perfect Wedding Planner

Customize your own event checklist with due dates, personal reminders, and timelines for all your wedding to do’s.
[[opening: Lisa Gorjestani, founder of Details Event Planning, has had her jaw-dropping get-togethers featured in such publications as Grace Ormonde, LA Times, Los Angeles Magazine, Martha Stewart Weddings, Elegant Bride, and In Style Weddings. Her myriad accomplishments include numerous corporate and celebrity conferences, weddings, get-togethers, and charity fundraisers (for the likes of Halle Berry, Dustin Hoffman, and Max Brooks).]]
It's easy to get overwhelmed and caught up in the frenzy of planning a wedding. Hiring a wedding planner can help make things easier and less stressful for long as you get the RIGHT person for the job.  We asked Lisa Gorjestani, Los Angeles based celebrity wedding and event planner for her tips on finding the perfect wedding planner! perfect wedding planner Photo by Katie Treadway  
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1Ask for recommendations. 

Was there a wedding that you or a friend attended that really stood out? Check with the bride and groom to see who they worked with. A resounding endorsement is always worth looking into!

2Look for things you like. 

Looking online at some of the more popular wedding websites and blogs can certainly point you in the right direction as well; look for weddings that speak to you in design and overall feel. There are many talented wedding planners out there, so make sure whoever you hire has been in business for at least a few years, has impeccable references, and understands that he/she is helping to plan your dream day.

3Find a planner who will work with you and your fiancé’s schedule and budget.

Finding someone who is flexible in terms of when and where they can meet is important since most couples don’t have the luxury of making wedding planning their full-time job. And it’s important to know that your wedding planner will be mindful of your budget and will work to get you the best deals possible. You don’t want any costly surprises to pop up throughout the process.

4Be sure you and your fiancé connect with the planner. 

At the end of the day, you want to feel like you have hired not just a wedding planner, but a friend. You are entrusting this person or company with one of the most important days of your life (and probably the biggest and most expensive party you’ll ever throw), so being comfortable and connecting with him or her is very important.
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