When going through the process of booking your vendors it is important to interview up to three vendors per category. This will ensure that you don't get overwhelmed and confused by all the choices. You can then narrow down your selection based on the best connection, value for money, or the most positive referrals and references.
HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN IN BUSINESS?
It is important to know how many years of experience each vendor has and when they decided to go full-time with their business. Follow-up questions include, how do you get most of your business? How many events have you done in the past year? Can you provide three references? If a vendor is new to the industry with limited experience, they will build your trust by just being honest.
WHO WILL BE ON-SITE THE DAY OF THE WEDDING?
If your vendor is not going to be there personally it will help tremendously if you can speak directly to the person that will be there to avoid any miscommunication. Ask if you can meet the person who will be there to ensure you have a good connection. If you don't feel comfortable then ask the owner what can be done. You can also ask what they will be wearing at the wedding and if they will require a meal.
HOW MUCH DO YOU CHARGE?
Pretty obvious question but if the vendor does not fit within your budget then you may want to ask them what can be done. If they can't accommodate your budget then thank them and move on. Follow up questions include, what is the pricing based on and how it is determined? How much is the deposit? When are the deposits and balances due? What are your methods of payment? What is your cancellation or postponement policy?
Make sure you do your due diligence by researching each vendor and ask for references. There is nothing worse than being disappointed with the service for an event that is of such importance.
Working with a wedding planner can become very beneficial when sourcing professional vendors. They will also save you a lot of time researching and interviewing each vendor as they typically have a preferred list already created. The vendors we recommended are solely chosen based on their merit and are always focused on working together to ensure you and your guests have an amazing experience.
If you need help sourcing vendors within your style and budget feel free to reach out to us, we would be happy to help!
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