8 Questions You Must Ask a Wedding Professional Before Booking Them
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 who to trust? Where do you go for advice?
First of all, 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.
Spend some time on the internet or talking to friends who’ve recently been married. Find out the average prices in your area and what services are available. Get an idea of what you like and don’t like. Wedding websites and chat rooms can be a great resource. This way when you meet with a wedding professional you’ll be able to ask better questions and have an idea of what to look out for.
If a wedding vendor has a problem with you asking questions, they probably aren’t the one for you. The best wedding professionals are patient, understanding and take the time to help you make the best choices for your wedding.
Call up both client and professional references. Ask questions and use those listening skills. Even if they give a rave review, you’ll often be able to “read between the lines” if there were any issues or problems.
Ask around and search the internet for reviews. Check the Better Business Bureau for any outstanding complaints against the business. Weigh all of this information into your choices.
1. 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 specifically 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.
3. How much is the deposit?
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 account.
What happens if I cancel? What happens if you cancel?
Find out if your deposit is refundable under any conditions.
Does the wedding professional have a back up plan if something happens to them?
Do you use 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’re 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.
If chosen wisely, with the right wedding vendors you get expert help and advice…for free!