Some of you who have read my blog from time to time may remember I first blogged this info at the start of this year. Well, with my new blog taking over from the old I thought I’d better repost this, as I have had quite a few people asking about it and wondering where it went. AND because no blog is ever complete without at least 1 photo – here’s Josh and Jess – still one of my favourite weddings ever…
The 12 Questions you should ask every wedding vendor…
There are so many things to plan when it comes to pulling together your wedding day and 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 more affectionately, “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 knew about weddings – right down to how to fold your hubbies pocket hanky.
In any event, after reviewing chapter after chapter, here are a list of 12 common questions you should ask every vendor:
1. How long have you been doing weddings? How many have you done?
2. How many other weddings do you do the day of my wedding?
3. Have you done events at my ceremony/reception space before?
4. What time do you arrive on the day of the wedding?
5. If you get sick and can’t be at my wedding, what is the backup plan?
6. How much of a deposit is required to hold the date?
7. When is the balance due?
8. Are there any other fees I’m not aware of?
9. Will you stand by your price quote even if you raise your rates before my wedding?
10. What’s your cancellation policy?
11. Do you have recent testimonials I can read as references that are not on your own website? Where? Alternatively do you have any references or previous couples I can speak to?
12. Is there anything else I haven’t asked that I should know?
So what info will these questions give you, in general?
Questions 1 to 5 give you background on the vendor’s history and reputation, as well as a sense for how they treat their brides.
Questions 6 to 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. It is better to be over prepared 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. ( To get some ideas of the questions you might ask vendor references stay tuned for the follow up email!)
Question 12 is my favourite 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 hire the best people for your big day.