Another Bad Wedding Planner

I never bash my competition.  If a prospective client comes in and tells me she is meeting with other planners, I always ask who, and tell them a few great things about that person.  I am always happy to give advice to newer planners.  And of course, I love promoting the Association of Bridal Consultants. But this recent news story is such a sad commentary on our industry today: http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/local/news-article.aspx?storyid=137748&provider=rss

This is the second "wedding planner" (and I use that term loosely) that has been in the news this year.  So as a reminder, please, please, please do your homework before hiring any wedding professional!

  • Check with industry associations to verify claims of membership or certification
  • Research the company with the Better Business Bureau
  • Ask for referrals from past clients - and check them!  I usually ask for references from other vendors too - reception venues, DJs, photographers and videographers tend to see and hear a lot at weddings!
  • Be sure they are licensed for their industry - check local/state websites for proof
  • Get everything in writing