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First, here are a few tips. Shopping for the right wedding vendors can be quite stressful at times. Most people have never planned a wedding before and don’t know where to begin. We’ve come up 8 questions to ask wedding vendors that will help you feel more confident at your wedding planning meetings.

Where do you go for advice? Who can you trust? How do you know how to choose your wedding vendors?

It’s definitely gonna take some work but with the right research and knowledge, you’ll put together the dream wedding you’ve always wanted.

Research Your Wedding Vendors.

Do some background work and you’ll feel more confident when you speak with potential vendors. Plus, you’ll get more out of it. Gather information like quality of service, what services are available, vendor locations, pricing, etc.

Talk to friends and people at work who have recently been married. Get online and look around at the different wedding sites like The Knot & Wedding Wire for ideas. Discussion boards are a great place to get advice from couples that have already gone through their planning. Know what you want and what you don’t want in your wedding package before you meet with a wedding vendor.

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Set-up a Meeting

You’ll get a one-on-one experience and will be able to get a feel for their personality, style, and professionalism.

Ask all the Questions You’ve Gathered.

There are so many questions to ask wedding vendors. Write them down and be sure to ask all the questions you’ve come up with. Bookmark or print this post if you need to. This is valuable time with the wedding vendor so get them to answer specifically and clearly. If you’re still unclear once they’ve answered, tell them you don’t understand and to please explain again. Remember, there are no stupid questions. The best wedding vendors will take their time to make sure you understand everything so you can make informed choices.

Finally, Check Reviews.

Make sure you check multiple review sites like The Knot & Wedding Wire, Yelp, Google, Facebook and any other popular vendor websites.

Now lets get to the questions!

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8 Questions to Ask Wedding Vendors.

01. How many weddings do you book each year?  How long have you been doing this?

Make sure your wedding vendor has at least 5 years of experience under their belt. This experience is an invaluable wealth of knowledge for you. They’ll undoubtedly have some useful tips to share with you. This information is extremely valuable.

02. How much does the package I’m interested in cost?

Most of the time price is relative. Be sure to factor in experience, reputation, skill, and overall professionalism. Usually, the best wedding vendors come at a higher premium because they’re worth it.

03. How much do you require for deposit? When is the balance due?

Be sure this information is in their contract. If it isn’t, request that they add it.

04. What is included in the package I’m interested in?

Packages are different from company to company, so it’s hard to compare vendors without doing your research. The lowest price isn’t always the best since some higher quotes include services that you have to pay extra for in the lower priced packages. It may take some time to figure it out.

05. What happens if I cancel or postpone? What happens if you cancel? Do you have a backup plan?

Most deposits are non-refundable. Ask if this information is in their contract. The best wedding vendors have backup plans for every possible scenario. Ask them about their backup plans.

06. Can I look over a sample contract?

If they say no, strike them off your list immediately. You need full disclosure on something this important to you.

07. Do you have any additional fees?

Additional fees, taxes, travel costs, etc. need to be clearly laid out in the contract. Know your bottom-line before you sign anything.

08. Do you have liability insurance?

The answer to this question needs to be yes. This protects you in the case of an accident on your wedding day. It also shows that this is a reputable company. Companies that don’t plan on being around for very long usually don’t carry insurance.

There you have it! 8 questions to ask wedding vendors!

With all the knowledge you gain from asking these important questions you’ll be able to make educated and confident decisions about your wedding day.

Have Fun!

Remember, have fun with your planning. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime event!