Ask exactly what services they can provide for you.

Ask to see their credentials. There are several organizations that offer training programs for Wedding Consultants. Call the organization that the consultant belongs to and verify their status and ask what training have they received by them. Ask for an agreement in writing. A letter of agreement signed by both of you that spells out what each of you will do.

Ask for their pricing policy. Some consultants charge about 15 percent of the total cost of the wedding. Some charge an hourly rate, fixed fee, or some combination of these. Others charge nothing and earn their income from suppliers’ commissions. All methods are acceptable but you should determine in advance how your consultant will be paid.

Ask if you are obligated to use vendors suggested by the consultants. Make sure the consultant will work with you and you have the final word in the decision-making process.

Ask how many weddings a consultant works on while working on yours. For example a professional wedding consultant who is full-service will work on 2-3 weddings per month.

Make sure you are comfortable with your consultant. Does she listen attentively? Is she pushy? Is she available at your convenience when you need her?

Ask for three referrals from past brides and speak with them.

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