10 Questions You Should Ask Potential Wedding Vendors
When searching for the people who will help you create your dream wedding day you will have to do some face-to-face meetings to discuss your ideas. Whether you're talking with a potential photographer or florist to discuss your wedding day, you should write out a list of questions for each meeting. Forgetting to ask an important question could cost you money and mean you miss out an important element you want to include in your day.
Not sure where to start? Check out these 10 questions that you can ask any of your potential wedding vendors.
How long have you been in business?
Not the most obvious question, but unless they have a great reputation in the industry, you shouldn't use a new company as one of your main wedding vendors. They might not be experienced in weddings and it could be a costly mistake if it all goes wrong. That's why for your large purchases it's worth using companies who have good reputation.
Can WE see some of your past work?
Whether it's a wedding venue, a band or make-up artists you should be able to see what they have worked on in the past. Most vendors will have a portfolio or a gallery where you can see examples of their work. Remember these will probably be their best work so you can also ask for the details of past clients who can vouch for their work.
Is our wedding date available?
If you like their work then you need to see if they are available. There's no point spending time and energy covering what you want if they are not available on your wedding date. Some companies are so popular they are booked up for 12 months of the year. Unless you are flexible with your date then you might not be able to work with certain vendors because of their lack of availability.
Do you charge for any extras or overtime?
Hidden charges can up the price a vendor has quoted, and that can be for anything from lighting to dress alterations. Never assume that anything is included, so check that everything you want is covered by the quoted cost.
How many weddings do you do a day?
Some vendors will try and do as many weddings as they can in one day and you don't want them to be late because another wedding ran over time. You also don't want a vendor who is physically exhausted at the end of two very long days of weddings.
Can you provide me with a contract?
Not all wedding vendors will offer a contract, but for more security it's worth getting one. If the vendor doesn't deliver you can't do much about it if you don't have a contract. You might think a verbal contract is enough, but with a written contract you are fully covered should things go wrong.
Do you require a deposit?
Not all vendors want a deposit, while others will ask you to pay up front. Most will ask for a deposit when you make your booking, and the rest will be paid closer or on your wedding day. Check that they are happy for someone else to pay the final balance as you will more than likely have someone look after this for you when you are getting married.
What is your payment policy?
Your contract should outline what payment the vendor is expected, the timeline is for that payment, and who will be making the payment. Make sure you are happy with the payment timeline and policy before you sign on the dotted line.
Do you have insurance?
Most venues and large vendors will have insurance, but smaller vendors might not be covered. You should look into getting out your own insurance to protect you and your money. It covers everything from failure of wedding suppliers to theft (depending on the policy).
Do you have a backup in case of emergencies?
Things can go wrong on your big day, so it's good to know that you're covered should the worst happen. Ask if there is a standby photographer available, a backup hairdresser or make-up artist just in case the person you booked has an emergency. If you are having an outdoor wedding you should ask if there is a plan B if the weather turns nasty - better be safe than sorry!