He finally popped the question and now you’re planning your dream wedding. You start visiting with venues and chapels and photographers. After your meeting, they ask you if you have any questions and you completely blank. I have gathered a list of questions to ask any wedding vendor!
- Can I see your references? Hopefully, you’ll be able to get recommendations from family and friends (and your wedding planner if you have one). You can also view their reviews online!
- Is my deposit refundable? Always ask if the initial deposit is simply a deposit or a retainer fee. The difference is that a retainer fee is non-refundable. A deposit may be fully or partially refundable. This could save you money down the line if anything were to happen.
- What are your emergency plans? Always be sure to inquire about an “Act of God Clause.” Our climate has changes throughout the year. So it’s always good to know what that vendor will do in the event of any climate-related changes. This is extremely important for outdoor, tented or destination weddings.
- Are there any change fees? You want to know what the change fees are, so that when you change your mind (seated dinner vs buffet) or things don’t go as planned (weather, guest counts), both the cost and the path to make these changes are clear.
- Do you subcontract to other vendors? You love Vendor A’s work and can’t wait to work with them for your wedding. So imagine your disappointment when Vendor B shows up at your event. Be sure to ask directly if your rental company subcontracts to other companies.
- Do I own my images? There are many “opportunistic” photographers out there who will only let you have the photos that you purchased. Also ask your photographer how long it takes to get your images. Some turn around your images in a week, others three months!
- What happens if you go out of business? No one wants to be one of those brides complaining how their vendor shut their doors. Now you can’t get your dress, photos, flowers, whatever. Make sure there is a clause that explains that you’ll get a full refund or they’ll still supply you with your product if it’s after.
I hope these questions help you in your planning phase for your big day. Stay tuned for next week’s bride tip Tuesday where we hear from past 1416 brides!