(Image Courtesy of The Flirty Guide)Hello blogville, forgive me as I am enjoying my mini vaca during busy season. LOL!!! Well this is part deux of our Tips of the Month. We are talking about the most important day of your life; your wedding day and how to choose Top Notch vendors . One of my girlfriends just said "You don't get a second shot at it" ... Well hopefully not .... Anyhow where did we leave off? Yes arming yourself with information. Please brides to be, event planners/coordinators, everyone planning an event: BE AN EDUCATED CONSUMER. (I am also speaking to myself on this one). Just because a vendor offers cheap prices does not mean you should hire them. No absolutely not. Look at your wedding as an event of a lifetime, you don't get a do over so it is important to get it right. Hiring anyone to work on your event is a job that you will be spending your hard earned money on so, you should hire them as an employer would hire an employee to fill their open vacancies.
Here are a few ways to make sure you are "hiring" the right vendor:
1. Check out their resume : What is their work experience, how many years do they have in the industry, how many events do they do per year/month/week? Do they have an event portfolio/website/blog where you can check out their work?
2. Interview the candidate: Make sure you have prepared a series of questions pertinent to your event and the event industry for your potential vendor. Again remember you are trying to find a good fit for your event so you want to get the right person for the job.
3. References (Personal and Professional) : Get information on past clients they have worked for as well as vendors in the industry; at least 3 each and make sure you follow up. Ask a couple of specific and direct questions and an open ended question that provides more qualitative feedback. Examples of some questions are: Was the vendor professional? Did they have a contract? Would you recommend/use this vendor again? Also try to limit your questions to between 3 and 5.
4. Background check: Hey I am not saying pull a credit report, but the web is a great resource of information on your proposed wedding vendor. You can check out the Better Business Bureau and see what complaints have been filed; if any, and also get business ratings for the company you are trying to do business with. Sometimes you won't find any information with the Better Business Bureau, because the business has no file with them but do check out other vendor sites such as The Knot, Project Weddings and Wedding Wire. These provide an outlet for past clients to leave reviews, comments, complaints or concerns regarding a wedding vendor.
5. Confirm the terms of employment: Make sure you secure everything in writing . Go over contracts, ensure a firm understanding of retainer, booking and cancellation fees. Do not leave anything up to chance. Most vendors will have addendums they can offer to their contract should you decide to add/remove services.
6. Trust your gut feeling: If it doesn't feel right, it probably ain't right. Enough said.
Again, these are just a few tips to help you pick the right vendor for your wedding day.
One more thing though, I would like to implore brides who have had their wedding to PLEASE provide honest reviews on your vendor: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. Help other brides avoid those unscrupulous vendors. However make it easier for them to choose better vendors. For the vendors who did an excellent job, you want people to know so that they can build a client base. Ask your vendors where you can post their reviews, their blogs? Vendor sites? Review Form? etc.
Well, let us know what you think? Was this post helpful? Should we do more tips of the month? We want to hear from you.
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