8 + 1 Questions You Must Ask a Wedding Professional Before Booking Them

September 08, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

"8 Questions You Must Ask a Wedding Professional Before Booking Them"

by Stephanie Padovani

and 1 Question from me only for Wedding Photographers


   "Hiring the right team is critical to planning your dream wedding…and it can also be quite stressful.
How do you find the right match for you? How do you know whom to trust? Where do you go for
advice?
   First of all, this is not an easy task and it’s totally normal for couples to feel overwhelmed, frustrated
or confused. It’s not like you plan a wedding every day! This is all probably brand new to you, so be patient with
yourself.
A few tips to finding the right ones 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.
Spend some time on the internet or talking to friends who’ve recently been married. 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 or Skype conversation.
   Ask Questions. There are no stupid questions! 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.
   Listen. Don’t just hear the words they say, really listen. Watch the vendor’s body language. Are
they confident and comfortable with their response? Do they look and sound nervous? Do you get a
“funny feeling” about them? Take all the sights, sounds and feelings into account along with their
responses; if your gut tells you something isn’t right, it probably isn’t.
   Check References. Portfolios are hand-picked to show off the best work, but they may not
represent the “average” wedding performance. Videos are edited for the optimum presentation. But
real referrals from satisfied clients are hard to fake.
Call up both client and professional references. Ask questions and use those listening skills. Even if
they give a rave review, you’ll often be able to “read between the lines” if there were any issues or
problems.
Ask around and search the internet for reviews. Check the Better Business Bureau for any
outstanding complaints against the business. Weigh all of this information into your choices.
   Here are 8 Must Ask Questions to ask ALL your potential wedding professionals before
booking:

1. How many weddings do you do per year? How much experience do you have?
This is an extremely important question. Ideally, your wedding professional should have
ample experience specifically with weddings, but not be doing so many that personal
attention to each client is compromised. Not only will they be more skilled in their craft, this
also, makes them a valuable source of information and ensures that your wedding day goes
smoothly.
2. How much do you cost?
Price is often relative, especially when you factor in experience, reputation and expert skill.
Generally, the most talented professionals have a higher price tag because they are worth it.
3. How much is the deposit/booking fee?
4. What specifically is included in that cost?
Because packages often vary, it’s likely that you won’t be able to compare one vendor
exactly to the next without doing a little figuring. The lowest cost isn’t necessarily the best
deal; some higher quotes include services that you have to pay extra for in other packages.
Make sure you take this into account.
5. What happens if I cancel? What happens if you cancel?
Find out if your deposit is refundable under any conditions. Does the wedding professional
have a backup plan if something happens to them?
6. Do you use a contract?
If the answer is No, RUN! A contract is designed to protect both you and the wedding
professional. Don’t settle for a verbal agreement that won’t hold up in court.
7. Are there any additional fees?
Taxes, service charges, and travel fees can add up quickly. Make sure you understand exactly
what is included and if there are any other fees you’ll have to pay. This should be clearly
defined in your contract.
8. Do you carry professional indemnity and liability insurance?
The answer you’re looking for here is Yes. This protects you in case an unfortunate accident
should occur on your wedding day. It’s also a sign that this is a reputable business since
most “fly by night” operations don’t invest in insurance."

+1. Special question for wedding photographers.
 Are you a Certified Professional Photographer?
If answer Yes, it's good, because Certified Professional Photographers Give You:

- Consistency. Certified Professional Photographers know how to achieve great results — every time.
- Technical Skills. Certified Professional Photographers are more than picture takers. They are students of art, lighting, posing, fashion and even interior design.
- Unique Artistry. Certified Professional Photographers have the skills to create unique, customized works of art—not cookie-cutter pictures. They follow an artistic vision.
It’s your story captured as a collection of art.
- Professionalism. When you hire a Certified Professional Photographer, you know you’re
getting someone who is willing to go the extra mile to deliver the best possible images.

 


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