Finding the right vendors for your special day is the foundation of a successful ceremony. From color palettes and flower arrangements to food selections and drink options, your wedding will be comprised of dozens of vendors each tasked with a significant role. In order to find the best companies to work with, you have to make sure they’re a good match given your budget, timeline, and unique vision. Here are some key questions you should ask every vendor before enlisting their services.
How many couples have you worked with in the past?
Asking about the vendor’s number of past clients is a great way to kickoff your list of queries. Through the answer, you’ll learn two very important things about the company. First and foremost, you’ll be able to determine whether or not they have sufficient experience to warrant your trust and investment. Secondly, you can reasonably infer whether customers were satisfied enough to recommend the vendor or not to others. It’s a seemingly basic question that has a lot of mileage in terms of what you can learn.
Before you mess with any logistics, you have to decide whether or not the given vendor can meet your expectations. Each wedding is different, and any reputable provider will tailor their work for the individual needs of each client. Instead of taking the vendor’s word for it, you should ask to see some examples of their previous work. Most vendors will keep pictures or even videos of past weddings for promotional purposes. This way, you get to judge their final products before spending a dime and can determine if their work is a good match for your special day.
Seeing pictures of the vendor’s work and hearing their pitch is one thing; talking directly to prior clients is even more revealing. Don’t be afraid to ask a vendor for the contact info of other couples who used their services. In fact, many companies keep a handy list of emails and phone numbers of satisfied customers who agree to be contacted for this very reason. You’ll get a first-hand review of the vendor without having to worry about any bias or half-truths. Since you’ll soon be in the same position, there’s truly no better resource to consult.
How much do you charge for your services?
Price shouldn’t have to feel like a taboo subject when you’re conversing with a potential vendor. As cost plays a major role in your decision, the answer to this question could end up saving couples a lot of wasted time. Furthermore, any unwillingness to provide a clear answer at this point in the process should help weed out shady vendors. Even if they can’t offer an exact number, reputable providers should have no trouble giving you an estimate based on a few factors of your wedding such as size and location.
Even if you’re satisfied with the initial cost put forth by the vendor, it’s always a good idea to ask about available discounts. Most vendors will offer some sort of cost reduction or promotion to encourage couples to use their services. Generally speaking, you might have a good chance of landing a deal based on the size of your wedding party, the amount of money you’re going to spend, and even the time of year. You can’t rely on the offers to be advertised explicitly by the vendors, so make sure to ask what kind of savings are available.
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