Questions to Ask Your Wedding Vendors
When it comes to interviewing the vendors you are considering for your wedding and reception, a lot of the questions are very similar to a job interview. And in fact, you are considering hiring them for their service, so it makes sense.
Here is a list of potential questions to ask during your interview/appointment times with the vendors such as the venue, florist, cake designer, etc.
- Do you have my wedding date available?
- What background and experience do you have in your industry?
- How do you handle the unexpected during a wedding event?
- Do you have any other events on the same day as mine?
- Ask to see a portfolio of their past work
- What is your cancellation/refund policy?
Some questions may only apply to certain vendors. For example:
- What is your minimum per-person cake cost?
- What are the fees for delivery and set up of my cake?
- What flavors and fillings are available?
- What flowers are in season for my wedding day?
- What other decor can you provide and their cost?
- How far in advance to you create the bouquets and how are they stored?
- Can you recreate a design if I bring you a picture?
- Based on my budget, number of guests, and venue, what types of food/dishes would you suggest?
- Do you offer packages or is everything custom?
- What are the price differences for a sit down meal vs a buffet?
- Do you offer food tastings and how much does it cost?
- Is there space to hold my ceremony and reception here?
- When is the deposit due?
- Are there any decoration restrictions?
- Is there on site parking or valet service?
- Can I give you a list of specific shots I would like to have taken?
- What information will you need from me before the wedding?
- How many assistants will you bring with you?
- What is the ordering process?
This list is not all inclusive by any means. Plus, there will be many questions specific to your date, location, or situation. Be sure that you bring a notepad or wedding planning folder to your visits. After you’ve finished your appointment with the vendor, it would be wise to write notes about any opinions or feelings you had during your time with them, so you can remember it later. Also, remember you can always try to negotiate a set price; while they are in business to make money, most companies are willing to work with a couple to meet their needs if they can.
Finally, it’s a good idea to remain open minded when you start to work with your selected vendors. Many of them have been in business for at least a few years and may have suggestions you haven’t considered yet. Ultimately, whether you choose to work with them or take their ideas, is up to the happy couple. Don’t be afraid to say no if you don’t like something, or want to make a change. After all, they are working for you and want to do a good job.