Top 5 Questions & Answers You Must Know about a Wedding Professional Before you Book Them
Hiring the right team for you is crucial to planning your dream wedding…and it can also be rather stressful.
Where do you go for advice? How do you know who to trust? Where exactly do you find the right match? How do you know if they are the right match for you?
The first thing you should be aware of is this is not an easy task and it’s totally normal for couples to feel overwhelmed, frustrated or confused. You’ve got at least ten people handing you advice from what seems like the second that you announce your engagement. You’re not sure if its even the right advice for you. Your friends and family are offering their two cents and pretty soon you don’t know if your wedding is reflecting you and your fiancé or someone’s dream for you.
After all it’s not like you plan a wedding every day! This is all probably brand new to you, so be patient with yourself. Stay true to yourself and follow the following guideline to make sure that you pick the right wedding professionals for you.
A few tips to finding the right wedding professionals for you…
Do Your Homework. You’ll get much more out of a meeting or conversation with a wedding professional if you do a little background homework first.
What exactly does that mean? Spend some time on the internet check out their website. Chose the vendors that speak to you through their website. You’ll look at some websites and immediately you’ll get the gut feeling to back out. If that happens, do. Once you find 2 or 3 that you like; then schedule appointments with them. You can talk to friends who’ve recently been married, just remember that they may have had a different vision or have a different personality than you and what’s right for them, may not be right for you. Likewise, you’d be surprised how many DIY brides feel that they have a wedding planning degree after they plan their own wedding. Planning their own wedding, doesn’t mean that they can plan someone else’s. Many times they know what they want…they don’t really pay attention to what you want or envision. If you’re talking to a wedding vendor like that…Run!
Find out the average prices in your area and what services are available. Get an idea of what you like and don’t like. Wedding websites and chat rooms can be a great resource. This way when you meet with a wedding professional you’ll be able to ask better questions and have an idea of what to look out for.
Meet With Them. An in person meeting is the best way to interview a potential wedding vendor. It lets you get the full experience of their personality, style and professionalism. If that’s not possible, have a phone conversation. Be sure to spend some time with them in person or on the phone. Be careful if they speak over you, force their opinion or don’t take into account your opinion. If your main focus is cost, the vendor may not even price out your vision, because they already know that it’s a budget buster for you or that you’re not their focus. If a wedding professional brushes you off or behaves like you’re not important or that your opinions don’t matter. Then they aren’t the professional for you.
Ask Questions. There are no stupid questions! And you may notice that several of your questions are answered when you read the wedding professionals website. Again, it’s important to read or skim through a professionals’ website prior to meeting with them as part of your homework. Make sure you get clear, specific answers to your questions. If you aren't sure what something means, ask them to clarify. Keep asking questions until you completely understand.
If a wedding vendor has a problem with you asking questions, they probably aren’t the one for you. The best wedding professionals are patient, understanding and take the time to help you make the best choices for your wedding.