How to Hire a Wedding Vendor.
Your wedding day will be one of the best and most memorable days of your life. It is important that you screen your vendors well. There is an old saying in construction measure twice, cut once. It will save you money and time in the long run. Before you even schedule and interview with a wedding vendor, pay attention to the response time that you receive from that vendor. If it is slow (over 24) hours getting back to you then don’t bother to meet with them. This usually means one of two things: The vendor is disorganized or is too busy to take care of their customer
Once you have made your selections, it’s time to start interviewing your vendors. You should interview no more than two to three wedding vendors in each category (florists, caterer, photographer, videographers, decorators, etc.) . If you find 8 caterers in your area, look at each vendors website and narrow it down to the final 2-3. Interviewing more than three vendors can become confusing and overwhelming. When meeting with your selected vendors, be prepared to ask questions! Questions suggested are:
- How long have you been in business and how many weddings have you worked?
- How many weddings have you done per year? (This can be tricky. Too many weddings a year may not be a good thing. Some vendor price their services high in order not to do too many weddings in a year. Others only work weddings part time, so listen closely to the answer that the potential vendor gives and decide.)
- Wedding date availability are they available for your wedding date? If not, what are alternate dates and solutions?
- How much services (according to wedding size) and what is the deposited required? When is the remaining balance due?
- What is your (the vendor) cancellation policy? You should want to enter into a contract so that everything that is discussed is binding.
Remember, trust your instincts during the interview. Make sure that the vendor is interested in your wedding details and that they have a full understanding of what you would like. If a vendor seems standoffish or just plain rude, walk away. All vendors should treat prospective clients in a kind, professional manner.
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The Author of this Post Bennie Cheatham of J and J Digital Media, http://www.jandjdigitalmedia.com/