When it comes to finding the right wedding supplier for your wedding, it can be like a minefield knowing who to choose and why. A basic foundation to it’s success is hiring the right team…and it can be quite stressful! How do you find the right match for you? How do you know who 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. I’ve been a Birmingham wedding photographer for over 25 years and I’d like to share with has worked over the years, so you’ll be able to find the right wedding supplier who fills all your needs.

finding the right wedding supplier

So how do you pick the right wedding supplier who is right for YOU?

First of all, STYLE, PERSONALITY, and PROFESSIONALISM are the biggest things to look for. You want to hire vendors who your guests will feel comfortable with…because the more comfortable your guests are the more FUN they have. Each vendor should also match the style and vision of your wedding.

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. 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 first payment to secure your services?

£250 along with a signed Booking Form will secure me for your wedding.

4. What specifically is included in that cost?

Because packages often vary, it’s likely that you won’t be able to compare one supplier 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/retainer fee is refundable under any conditions. Does the wedding professional have a back up plan if something happens to them?

6. Do you use a contract?

If the answer is No, RUN! They’re definitely not the right wedding supplier for you, or anyone else for that matter!! 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?

Travel fees, VAT etc. 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 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.

One final bit of advice: READ YOUR CONTRACT. Make sure you understand everything that’s written and ask questions if you don’t. There IS no stupid question…except the one you don’t ask. Make sure you know the price as well as cancellation and refund policies.

GO WITH YOUR GUT. If something feels “off” about the wedding supplier…you’re probably right. Make sure you feel comfortable with them, you like them, and that their personality will be a good blend with your guests and reflect the tone of your wedding.

Remember: if chosen wisely, the right wedding supplier will give you expert help and advice on every aspect of your wedding…for free!

If you’re now planning your wedding and you loved these wedding tips, contact me via my contact page as I’d love to meet up for a chat. Or, why not sign up for my newsletter updates of what’s happening at Clive Blair Photography?

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