If you wish to get married in Italy, there’s one thing you have to immediately address: how to choose a wedding planner that can make your wish come true?

Believe us, you don’t want to plan your destination wedding by yourself from the other side of the world. There are so many things to take care of, and some of them are possible only if you’re there in person.

But, besides this, organizing such an event can turn out to be very stressful for you. Choosing a wedding planner will save you from all the pressure, and ensure you’ll have the celebration you’ve always been dreaming of.

How to choose a wedding planner? 3 key factors!

When it comes to wedding planning, no blog, Pinterest board, friend-who-loves-organizing-events can beat a professional. It’s as easy as that: if you’re really dreaming about a luxury wedding in Italy, start by choosing an experienced planner.

How to do that? Here are the 3 key factors that we at Paolo Cicognani think you should consider!

How to choose a professional wedding planner

Make sure he’s a professional

If you search online, you’ll find more than one amateur that pretends to be an expert. So how to choose a wedding planner that really knows what he’s doing? Check if he is an accredited professional with a respectable background.

You don’t want to put your most important day in the hands of someone who might ruin the whole thing, right? So make sure that your chosen planner knows the best wedding venues in Italy, the rules of banqueting, and the finest food and wines to serve at your reception. He might also be a wedding designer, and he should be connected with a network of trustworthy vendors that can fulfill all of your desires.

Choose a wedding planner you get along with

Reliability is a must for any wedding planner, that’s for sure. In addition to that, try and choose someone that feels right to you – after all, he’s the one who’s going to transform your ideas into a real event. The most important event of your life!

So if he promptly answers your e-mails and phone calls, if he keeps you updated regularly, if you feel like he’s very well organized… he might be the one.

Make sure he’s also empathetic and able to tune in to your emotions and desires, perhaps with a touch of creativity too – so that he’s very likely to amaze you by setting a particular scenario or creating a stunning atmosphere.

But besides all this, as we said, we think you should opt for someone you feel comfortable with, someone who’s pleasant, positive and energetic. Someone who’s happy to be helpful… someone like us, perhaps!

Choosing a wedding planner

Budget is important, but it’s not all

There’s no doubt that budget is a crucial factor when planning a wedding, and it’s always a good idea to draw a line beyond which you don’t want to go.

A valid wedding planner will respect that budget – if you have one – or help you set one – if you still don’t. He knows that higher prices (for vendors, venues and so on) don’t necessarily mean higher quality, and he will help you find the best solutions for your needs. His experience and knowledge will allow him to exceed your expectations, still respecting that line you drew.

This brings us to the conclusion of this thought: don’t settle for a wedding planner just because he’s cheap. Choose someone who checks all the boxes we talked about previously, and be ready to pay his service what it’s worth – and believe us, it will be worth it.

How to choose a wedding planner

The right wedding planner is going to ask you…

There’s an additional suggestion on how to choose a wedding planner: pick the one that asks you a lot of questions. Some of them might appear even in the contact form of their website, others will be asked soon enough through emails and calls.

Don’t feel overwhelmed by them, because it’s the best way for a professional to get to know you, your needs, and your wishes. It’s the first step towards the wedding of your dreams.

Here are a few of the questions you might get asked:

  • what kind of ceremony do you want to have (symbolic, civic, religious…)?
  • when do you want to celebrate your wedding, more or less? (Please note that you might have to choose the specific date together with the planner at a later time.)
  • how many guests will you have?
  • what’s your budget?

…and so on.

This is how we think you should choose your wedding planner. As soon as you find one that feels good, contact him and see if the impression you had from his website is quite right.

We at Paolo Cicognani would be glad to plan a tailor-made and unforgettable wedding in Italy for you. If you think we might be a good fit for you – we hope so! – get in touch with us and let’s start doing magic.