how to interview your wedding vendor

We are continuing our series on choosing your wedding vendor.

Today we are going to talk to you about the interview. It’s like a “first date” with your wedding vendor. Keep these quick tips in mind:

  1. Be Prepared: If you are meeting with a florist/designer then bring along photos of designs that you like. This is the easiest way for him/her to get to know your style. Before the appointment, know your budget or at least a glimpse into it.
  2. Do your Research: It’s important to look at the style of the vendor you are going to meet. If you are looking for a more traditional wedding photographer, then it may be a waste of your time to meet with a photog who’s website screams candid artistry. You can’t change their style, nor should you ask.
  3. Be Attentive: And let me go a little further, only bring attentive people with you. Imagine sitting with a vendor for an hour consult, and your little brother is bored to tears or your Mom never wanted to attend. This is a distraction that you do not need.
  4. Confirm: Vendors should confirm the appointment with you, however, if they have not… it may be in your best interest to shoot them an email. Likewise, if something should arise that you cannot make the appointment (these last minute things do happen), please have the courtesy to contact the vendor and let them know. NEVER stand someone up.
  5. Be Respectful: Respect is a two-way street and is earned. Vendors should absolutely treat you and your family with respect — they want your business! But you should as well. Rolling your eyes or dropping your jaw at their prices, is not in your best interest. And you may stop from moving forward in possible negotiations.
  6. Interviewing YOU: Know that vendors are sizing you up and interviewing you as well as you are interviewing them. Yes, we run a business, but we also don’t want to be hanging all day with “crazy”. Yes. I’m blunt.

Tomorrow’s tip: how to approach a wedding vendor at a bridal show.

photograph: a good wedding planner friend, Jubliee Events, wedding consultation room

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