Firing Your Wedding Planner
Let’s face it; hiring a wedding planner can be very helpful. It can help to make the whole process of planning a wedding much easier and can alleviate a great deal of the stress normally associated with planning a wedding. However, if the couple is not careful to select the right wedding planner it can also sometimes cause more trouble than it is worth. This is especially true in cases where the wedding planner is either not listening to the couple and making decisions they do not approve of and in cases where the wedding planner is neglecting important tasks.
According to the adage, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Keeping with this thought it is always a good idea for couples to carefully screen potentially wedding planners before selecting one of them to assist them in the planning of one of the most important days of their lives. It can be way too easy to get swept up in the excitement and simply hire the first wedding planner that comes along. However, this is not a good idea. It may work out alright in some cases but if things do not work out the plans for the wedding can be ruined. To avoid these types of problems, seek out experienced wedding planners who come highly recommended by trusted sources. Then interview these highly qualified candidates to select the one who is the best match in terms of price, style and personality.
Even a couple who does all the right things in selecting a wedding planner may decide at some point that they have made a mistake. They may realize the wedding planner they selected is not qualified or is just not a good match in terms of style and personality. Regardless of the reason for the problems it is best to fire the wedding planner as soon as possible if things are not working out. This will help to ensure the couple has as much time as possible to either hire another wedding planner or plan the rest of the wedding themselves. It is worthwhile to attempt to resolve problems before firing the wedding planner but if these attempts do not work, the couple should not feel bad about making the decision to let the wedding planner go.
Hopefully, when the wedding planner was hired there was some type of contract signed. This contract should not only detail the expected duties of the wedding planner and the fees for her services but should also address the issue of terminating the contract. The contract should also spell out the terms associated with ending the contract early. A well written contract will ensure an amicable separation. However, if a contract is not signed and the agreement between the wedding planner and the couple is a verbal one, the issue of terminating the contract can be more difficult. In some cases it may even require the intervention of a mediator or judge. This can really add stress to the wedding planner process especially if the couple is behind in planning because of the problems with the wedding planner.
Finally, couples who fire their wedding planners should follow a few basic guidelines. First they should keep all communications with the wedding planner on a professional level and should avoid becoming overly emotional. This is important because burning bridges is never a good idea. Also, the couple should take care to have a plan of action for finishing the planning of the wedding when they fire their wedding planner. This may involve hiring another wedding planner or taking care of arrangements by themselves.