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27 Questions and Answers by Clara Canon

Updated February 10th, 2020 | Clara is a career coaching expert and has supported individuals landing positions in education, nonprofit, corporate, and beyond.
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What information do you seek from the couple in your initial meeting?
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When starting the wedding planning process, it helps to understand as much about the couple as possible. The more you can understand and relate, the better you'll be able to interpret their interests and guide them when they feel stuck. When answering this question, consider what questions and topics best help you to understand the couple and inform your strategy. Topics might include: 'how did you two meet,' 'how has your ideal date night changed over the course of your relationship,' 'what do you value most about each other,' and so on.
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What information do you seek from the couple in your initial meeting?
When starting the wedding planning process, it helps to understand as much about the couple as possible. The more you can understand and relate, the better you'll be able to interpret their interests and guide them when they feel stuck. When answering this question, consider what questions and topics best help you to understand the couple and inform your strategy. Topics might include: 'how did you two meet,' 'how has your ideal date night changed over the course of your relationship,' 'what do you value most about each other,' and so on.

Clara's Answer
"I find it crucial to get to know as much about the couple as possible in our initial meeting. My understanding of who they are as individuals and as a union drives much of my work with them, so I ask a series of questions: how did you meet, what was it about your partner that inticed you when you met, what do you most value about each other now, what was your very first date and what was the last date you went on, what dreams have you crossed off your list together and what dreams are still to come? I let their responses guide some of my follow-up questions, but I always try to glean as much information about them from past, present, and future as possible."
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How do you encourage natural social interaction among guests?
Some couples need guidance on how to encourage guests to mingle and interact with one another in an organic way. This can help alleviate the couple from facilitating interaction themselves or overly stressing about certain dynamics throughout the event. You might consider portions of the event when it is easier to integrate social interaction, such as having a buffet of food instead of bringing it straight to the table. Consider preparing a few areas in which you might implement greater interaction.

Clara's Answer
"My first response to this is always to suggest buffet-style eating. Guests naturally mix and mingle while they wait in line to collect their food, so it's a nice way to bring people together. I also encourage brief intermissions throughout the program in order to allow guests to go chat at the bar or congregate elsewhere. Often, wedding timelines are so full that guests rarely have time to really chat and mingle. Finding ways to build in these breaks and congregation areas alleviates that challenge."
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Do you have contract length restrictions?
Wedding planners might be hired from the very start of the planning process through the very end of the wedding, itself. They might be hired halfway through the process or even closer to the wedding date. When answering this question, consider whether or not you might accept short contracts, much longer contracts, or all contracts.

Clara's Answer
"Yes, I find that I am best able to support the couple to the fullest extent when I have a greater sense of the event. So, I rarely accept contracts for day-of support only. I generally like to be working with the couple for a minimum of 2 months prior to the wedding."
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What elements of a wedding are you most willing and able to DIY?
Many couples love to incorporate DIY projects for their weddings to give a unique feel or to save money. Consider whether or not DIY projects are something that you will support and to what extent.

Clara's Answer
"I most enjoy DIYing the small touches of a wedding and reception that make a big impact, save a lot of money, and don't take too much time. In particular, I love DIYing the floral arrangements for table centerpieces and other decorative elements of the ceremony and reception. I absolutely love decorating with lights and tulle, so that is another component of d?cor that I enjoy doing myself. That said, I always enjoy hearing what the couple has in mind, and I'm open to new projects."
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How are your communication skills?
When planning an event of this scale, communication is key. The interviewers want to ensure that your communication skills are strong beyond sending email updates. You need to demonstrate that you are a strong listener, that you consider the communication preferences of each individual, that you correspond in a timely and appropriate manner, and so on. When responding to this question, be sure to touch on as many aspects of your communication skills as possible and back them up with details.

Clara's Answer
"I have extensive experience with written and oral communication across a wide audience. I listen fully and carefully, and I seek to best understand how my clients prefer to communicate. I believe that strong communication can support higher levels of trust and confidence, so I place a great deal of importance and emphasis on establishing solid lines of communication early on in the planning process."
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