9 Must Ask Questions for your Wedding Vendors
Hiring the right team is critical to planning your dream wedding…and it can also be quite stressful.
How do you find the right match for you? How do you know whom to trust? Where do you go for advice?
This is not an easy task, and it’s totally normal for couples to feel overwhelmed, frustrated or confused. It’s not like you plan a wedding every day! This is all probably brand new to you so be patient with yourself.
First of all, STYLE, PERSONALITY, and PROFESSIONALISM are the biggest things to look for. You want to hire vendors who your guests will feel comfortable with…because the more comfortable your guests are the more FUN they will have. Each vendor should also match the style of vision of your wedding.
Here are 9 Must Ask Questions to ask ALL your potential wedding professionals before booking:
How many weddings do you do per year? How much experience do you have?
This is an extremely important question. Ideally, your wedding professional should have ample experience especially with weddings. Not only will they be more skilled in their craft, this also makes them a valuable source of information and ensures that your wedding day goes smoothly.
How much do you cost?
Price is often relative, especially when you factor in experience, reputation, and expert skill. Generally, the most talented professionals have a higher price tag because they are worth it.
How much is the retainer?
What specifically is included in that cost?
Because packages often vary, it’s likely that you won’t be able to compare one vendor exactly to the next without doing a little figuring. The lowest cost isn’t necessarily the best deal; some higher quotes include services that you have to pay extra for in other packages. Make sure you take this into consideration.
What happens if I cancel? What happens if you cancel?
Find out if your retainer is refundable under any conditions. Does the wedding professional have a backup plan if something happens to them?
Do you have a contract?
If the answer is “no,” RUN! A contract is designed to protect both you and the wedding professional. Don’t settle for a verbal agreement that won’t hold up in court.
Are there any additional fees?
Taxes, service charges, and travel fees can add up quickly. Make sure you understand exactly what is included and if there are any other fees you’ll have to pay. This should be clearly defined in your contract.
Do you carry liability insurance?
The answer you are looking for here is “Yes.” This protects you in case an unfortunate accident should occur on your wedding day. It’s also a sign that this is a reputable business since most “fly by night” operations don’t invest in insurance.
Will you provide me with references?
One final bit of advice: Read Your Contract. Make sure you understand everything that’s written and ask questions if you don’t. There ARE no stupid questions…except the ones you don’t ask. Make sure you know the price as well as cancellation and refund policies.
GO WITH YOUR GUT. If something feels “off” about the wedding vendor…you’re probably right. Make sure you feel comfortable with her, you like her, and that her personality will be a good blend with your guests and reflect the tone of your wedding.
Remember: if chosen wisely, the right wedding vendors will give you expert help and advice on every aspect of your wedding…for free!