|Bride thinking a lot of questions|
Business-savvy brides know that there are a ton of questions to ask wedding vendors before booking. It seems like the list goes on and on. Even if the bride writes all of her questions down beforehand, inevitably there is a question or two that she realizes she forgot to ask. Luckily, the good wedding vendors make themselves accessible to inquiring brides.
But while we inundate our wedding vendors with a gazillion questions, we should recognize that some questions that can be asked consistently across all vendors. In fact, Mindy Weiss’ The Wedding Book: The Big Book for Your Big Day, or what I more affectionately call, “The Wedding Bible,” has list after list of questions to ask each and every vendor. I praise this book because it has more detail than I ever did or care to know about weddings – right down to how to fold your hubsters pocket hanky.
In any event, after reviewing chapter after chapter, here are a list of 12 common questions you should ask every vendor:
- How long have you been doing weddings? How many have you done?
- How many other weddings do you do the day of my wedding?
- Have you done events at my ceremony/reception space before?
- What time do you arrive on the day of the wedding?
- If you get sick and can’t be at my wedding, what is the backup plan?
- How much of a deposit is required to hold the date?
- When is the balance due?
- Are there any other fees I’m not aware of?
- Will you stand by your price quote even if you raise your rates before my wedding?
- What’s your cancellation policy?
- May I have 3 references?
- Is there anything else I haven’t asked that I should know?
Questions one through five give you background on the vendor’s history and reputation, as well as a sense for how they treat their brides.
Questions six through 10 give you a sense of their payment expectations as well as make you fully aware of any hidden fees or rate increases over time. Question 10 is a toughie – no one likes to think about what would lead up to you having to cancel your big day, but a crucial question nonetheless. Tis better to be overprepared than under.
Question 11 gives you the power to follow up on the claims the vendor made. When you speak with a couple that had done business with that particular vendor in the past, you learn much about their business practices.
Question 12 is my favorite question because it is a catch all. Even if you ask vendor specific questions and forget to ask a biggie, a good, honest wedding vendor will discuss any major topics you didn’t ask about.
Some of these questions will apply more to some vendors than to others. For example, you may not need to ask your dress seamstress what will happen if she is sick on your wedding day because all of her work would be done in advance of the day. However, you can use these 12 questions with just about every vendor is some way to help you draft an effective vendor contract and hire the best people for your big day.
Is there another important question that you can ask all wedding vendors? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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