If you do not want to be bothered with all the minutiae that comes with the planning of a wedding, the simple thing to do is to hire a wedding consultant. The job of the wedding consultant is to take over all the jobs that you either can not handle, do not want to handle, or do not have the time to handle.
There are basically two types of wedding consultants – those affiliated with a store and establishment and independent consultants. When dealing with a store consultant, you basically get whatever they assign to you. When dealing with an independent consultant, however, you have to interview the person to determine if she is the right person for you. So what do you need to know?
The first thing that you will want to know is if she is a full time or part time consultant. Sometimes it can be frustrating dealing with a part-time moonlighting consultant who is hard to reach because of the other demands on her time. So you want to know up front what her availability is like. On the other hand, depending on what duties you want the consultant to perform, you may only need a part time consultant.
Related to whether she is a full time or part time consultant you will want to know how much time she will be available to work on your wedding. Before she can tell you this, she will have to know what you expect her to do. Explain to her what kinds of things you need taking care of and she will be able to tell your her availability.
By the time you talk to a wedding consultant you should know the date of the wedding. So the next thing that you want to know is if she has any other weddings the weekend or day of your planned wedding. In the last days leading up a wedding, things always get hectic. The last thing you want is for your wedding consultant to be working on another wedding at the same times she is working on yours. This can be a strain even for the most efficient of consultants.
Next, you will want to get a feeling if you and her can work together. Remember, this is the person who is going to be responsible for handling some or all of the details for one of the most important events of your life. You will want references from clients who she has done work for and you want to ensure that your personalities mesh as well.
And last, but certainly not least, you need to find how much she is going to cost you. If you can not afford her you'll have to move on.