The stress of planning a wedding can be way too much to take these days because very often a small wedding is never enough. You want that big beautiful wedding you've always dreamed of, so a wedding reception planning service may just very well be the way to go for you.

Here then are 9 Bullet Proof Tips to hiring a wedding reception planning service…

Tip #1: Be sure to hire a qualified and capable wedding planner who understands your needs and expectations…

This may sound obvious but what often happens is the wedding planner or service begins to take over and your plans get thrown out the window. Be careful of this!

One good way that a friend told me to be sure is to tell your spouse to be these plans in detail, this way it will be 2 on 1 and you'll have less of a chance of a takeover.

With newfound popularity, probably due to the internet and quick money enticements comes a slew of wedding consultants who are new to the business or not qualified to plan a wedding, so…

Tip #2: Choose a wedding planner who has the experience and resources necessary to plan your wedding so that it meets and exceeds all of your expectations. After all, this is YOUR day, the one you've been dreaming of for years and years.

Tip #3: If you are not comfortable with your wedding planner you are likely to not communicate with them as well as you should

Tip #4: Leaving out details or are not completely honest with your wedding planner will probably result in a series of decisions being made that do not meet your standards or expectations.

This kind of goes with number one. Share these details with your wedding reception planning service and make sure to exude the emotions of what you want and how much you want it.

Tip #5: Review their resume and references…

Carefully check the wedding planners references to shed some light on their abilities. You'll want to contact each reference that is supplied to you and ask them pertinent questions about the wedding planners attitude, professionalism and punctuality. Basically anything that is important to you

Tip #6: Unless you're doing someone you know a huge favor, (don't do it!) you're taking a huge chance if you opt for a wedding planner with little or no experience.

Yes I know that everyone needs someone to give them a chance, but it's not going to be you. Let your cousin you hate give that person a chance.

Tip #7: Take time to decide if your wedding reception planning service are going to be full or part-time consultants to you.

If you plan to have an elaborate wedding, consider opting for a full time wedding planner. This is to ensure that the wedding planner has the time to devote to planning your wedding.

Tip #8: Be sure that your wedding reception planner has a contingency plan in case they are unable to assist you in planning your wedding reception.

You don't want to be left standing naked in the crowd (I almost mean that literally) when your wedding planner doesn't show up.

Hire a wedding planner who belongs to a reputable company. This frequently affords you the magnificence of having a full staff at your disposal.

Unexpected things are going to happen, therefore you should….

Tip #9: Know how the wedding planner would react in certain situations.

You can do this by presenting him/her with instances that might happen during the wedding reception and asking them how they would deal with it.

You certainly want someone who can make decisions on the go.

So, in a nutshell, your wedding planner will be responsible for the happiness of your guests at your wedding so it is important to choose a qualified candidate. A few things to consider before choosing a wedding planner are how comfortable you feel with them, their past references, the amount of time that they have to devote to your wedding and how they react in a sticky situation.

All of these factors will help to ensure that you choose a qualified wedding reception planning service who can meet all of your needs.