This is a special treat for any engaged couples! This is a uniquely written article written by Nashville based wedding and event planner, Megan Scurlock of Locklane Weddings And Events. About how to hire the right wedding and event planner for you. Enjoy!

Hi all! I’m Megan, the owner and lead planner of Locklane Weddings & Events. I have been planning weddings for almost four years and I launched my own company, Locklane, last year. I love working on all types of events, from birthday parties to b’nai mitzvahs, fundraisers to weddings. I find joy in the details and helping to make a dream become a reality.

I know wedding planning can be overwhelming. That’s why it’s important to keep these three things in mind when choosing vendors: your design, their price, and their style. There are two vendors who require an extra level of your attention: the planner and the photographer. These two professionals will be by your side throughout one of the most important days of your life. When determining whom to hire for these two positions, it’s important to look past style and cost, and find people that you connect with and enjoy being around.

Photo courtesy of Whitney Raquel

Photo courtesy of Whitney Raquel

No matter the size of your budget, the wedding planner should be your first investment, not a last minute hire. Why? Planners know the best vendors for your budget and style. And in Nashville, many of us work together! The Nashville Wedding Planners Group is a great association where wedding planners share experiences, advice, and recommendations that helps us grow our knowledge to best serve our clients. We are dedicated to creating the perfect wedding day for you.

Courtesy of Whitney Raquel Photography

Courtesy of Whitney Raquel Photography

So, how do you find the perfect wedding planner for you?

1. Determine your needs.
The first step is to decide how much help you need from a planner, and when you want that help. You can hire a planner who works with you from the first day of your engagement to the end of the Big Day. Or you can go to the opposite side of the spectrum, and utilize a planner to finalize the details and make sure the day runs smoothly. Almost all wedding planners offer various levels of planning and coordination. Knowing what you need helps you focus on your budget and style when doing your research.

Photo courtesy Alyssa Joy Photography, http://www.alyssajoyphoto.com/

Photo courtesy Alyssa Joy Photography, http://www.alyssajoyphoto.com/ Venue East Ivy Mansion

2. Decide your parameters.
What is your budget and what are your expectations? Be upfront with a wedding planner about your budget and the vision of your wedding. You want to find someone who fully understands your financial limits and can work to develop your vision within those limits.

Alyssa Joy Photography, http://www.alyssajoyphoto.com/

Alyssa Joy Photography, http://www.alyssajoyphoto.com/

3. Interview various planners
Whether you have the opportunity to meet a planner in person, or just chat on the phone, interviewing planners helps you best decide who is the perfect fit for you. This is the moment when you have done your research, you have found a few that fit your style, now you can find out if they fit your budget and, most importantly, if you click! It’s a bit like meeting a friend for the first time. Can you find a connection with the planner? Or are you very different people and personalities? Take a deep breath and go with your gut feeling on this one.

Evan Godwin Photography, www.evangodwinphotography.com

Evan Godwin Photography, www.evangodwinphotography.com

4. Seal the deal

If you’re still unsure, call for references.
Think you found the perfect planner? Sign the contract. Still looking? Ask planners for references. Previous clients can give insight into how a wedding planner works, and what they expect from you. Make sure that you find someone whose expectations line up with your own.

Once you have found someone that you are comfortable with and can trust, you can begin utilizing their expertise in hiring or coordinating the rest of your vendors! You now have someone who is working for you to make your ideas become reality. On your wedding day, you will actually be able to enjoy your new spouse and your family and friends; you will be able to actually eat your food and cake, and dance to your favorite songs!
Good luck in your search! Be sure to use the NWPG website as you research Nashville wedding planners, and give me a call or send me an email – I love meeting new brides and grooms!

Photo courtesy Jenna Henderson, http://jennahenderson.com/

Photo courtesy Jenna Henderson, http://jennahenderson.com/

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