Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Prep Before Your Consultation!

Everyone knows before a potential client speaks to a planner that they are excited and anxious to get things going with planning a wedding, party or event.  There are so many ideas, concepts, and concerns all over the place! Sometimes the planner is overwhelmed with the many questions at one time and the client can be overwhelmed at not knowing where to start.  Here are some tips for wedding/event planners and clients before a consultation:

For Planner:
  • Advise your potential clients on things they need before the consultation such as colors, ideas and concepts
  • Analyze your client to see if they are better off with a phone or face to face consultation. Check out what fits their personality
  • Prepare your potential client of how long consultation is going to be. 30 mins, 45 or an hour
  • We advise our potential clients to be ready but we also need to be prepared. Prepare with your pen/pencil, pad or if you have a planner notebook for your clients 
  • Ask a few questions about the wedding, event, or party so you can be prepared and have notes written down about the event and a few ideas
For Client
  • The world was not built in one day and we all know that your event, wedding or party is not going to be planned in one day. Prepare to have the major details for your event for your consultation, this saves alot of time!
  • Major details consist of: Date, Time, Color Scheme, Ideas for Venue, Catering, How many people you are expecting/inviting
  • Know your budget! It's good to have ideas and dreams for your special day but before you contact a planner have an estimate or realistic budget! Everything can't get paid by a wish!
  • Check out planners website and see what they offer and learn their business
I hope these tips help you plan accordingly! Remember plan before the consultation!

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