Question.:What are the most important things to look for when hiring a wedding professional?
Answer: I would want a competent, reputable individual who is a real professional in their field.
Do they have a retail location or are they just working out of their home? These days anyone can buy a camera or have business cards made, but these things do not make a professional. A storefront location is a big investment and usually equates that fact that they are serious and passionate about what they do.
Answer: The wedding planner of course – to save hours of scouring websites and attending shows to find the perfect venue and the best vendors. They will also help the couple stay on track and not miss any details. However, a full service wedding planner is sometimes not in the budget and if that’s the case I would select the venue first as most are staffed by knowledgeable event coordinators who know their venues well and would likely be able to recommend vendors that they have had positive experiences with.
Answer: Make sure all the who’s, what’s, when’s and how’s are covered in any contract you sign. Specifically, look at hours of coverage that will be provided, product details if they are providing supplies, the name of the particular individual that will be providing the service if you have requested someone specifically; any cancellation policy (if you or the vendor cancels); any no-show policy (if the vendor does not show up); any back-up policy (if vendor is unable to be present due to unforeseen circumstances); and payment details including due dates and extra fees such as over-time and travel.
Question: What’s the best way to research potential professionals?
Answer: Meet with them, look at their recent work (photographs, videos, or even attend an event that they are providing a service at), ask for references, the best reflection of someone’s work is what their past clients have to say about them, and see what others are saying about them, other vendors in the area can be a great resources.
Answer: First, hire the most reputable vendors. Second, communicate all the details, timeline, and expectations. Third, review all the details, timeline, and expectations. Fourth, get everything in writing. Fifth, follow up, follow up, follow up!
This is the first part in the Q&A Series, and we look forward to sharing more of what we have learned over the years. Do you have a specific question you would like answered? Contact us today… We are always happy to help!
and the staff at Forevermore Events