There are 8 general questions that you should be asking your vendors before you decide to book them for business. These questions will help you select the best vendor for each individual job.
For every professional, it is good to possess basic knowledge regarding the services they provide. General questions that must be asked include the following:
How long have they been in business? How many weddings do you do per year?
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.
What is their pricing structure?
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. Some vendors have payment plans if you choose to make monthly payments along the process.
How much is your deposit?
Vendors vary in their deposit; some don’t want a deposit while others want 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 of their fee as a deposit with the remaining fee paid monthly. Other vendors may want the full fee up front so be sure to ask and it doesn’t hurt to negotiate the terms of the deposit, especially if you really want to work with that person.
What specifically is included in the 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 have 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 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.
Can they provide references?
You should also have specific questions that are tailored to the different categories of vendors. There are different specific questions that you may want to find out about your caterer, baker, photographer, DJ or band ensemble for example.