It's important to find a planner who's experienced with weddings that are similar to yours in terms of size, total cost and even theme. If you're planning a grand affair with hundreds of guests, a local planner who's accustomed to working on small, informal gatherings probably won't have the skill to pull off your big day. Those used to planning weddings with big budgets may not be the best choice for stretching your small wedding budget. Most wedding planners rely extensively on their vendor connections and contacts and may not have the clout to score discounts or locate vendors beyond this network.
If you have unique considerations for your event, make sure your planner can handle the challenge. For instance, flying 50 guests to your destination wedding in the Caribbean requires a lot of coordination. Look for a candidate who has experience with destination-wedding planning if you want to get hitched without a hitch.