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251 Questions to ask your Vendors


"Your vendors are the foundation of your wedding! It's so important you spend time researching the right ones."

- This is what I was told as a bride to be.


I thought: Yeah, absolutely! Makes sense!... But UHHUM is anyone going to tell me what vendors I need or how to find them or what to ask them?!! *Insert panic cry here*


Well I've got your back!


Below I've written EVERY possible question you could ask a future wedding vendor. Download the pdf if you'd like!


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Questions to ask your Wedding Vendors
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Venue:

  • What dates are available?

  • How many guests are allowed/minimum?

  • What’s the cost and what’s included?

  • Weekdays versus weekend cost differences?

  • How many hours are included?

  • Are there any extra fees?

  • What’s the deposit and when is it due?

  • Do they have payment plans?

  • Are there changing areas for the bridal party?

  • How many bathrooms are there and is a porta-potty needed?

  • Is it indoor/outdoor?

  • Do they have weather backup plans?

  • Will it work for ceremony, cocktail hour, and/or reception?

  • Do they have a ceremony fee?

  • Do they do rehearsal dinners and what’s the cost for that?

  • What is the cancellation policy?

  • Do they have insurance and do you need any?

  • Do they offer catering, bar, waiting tables, services, etc? What are those details? Is there a minimum guest count for those things?

  • Can you bring your own catering, bar, etc? Rules about these? Is there a kitchen available?

  • Do they provide linens, napkins, plates, etc?

  • Do they provide chairs, tables, tents, etc?

  • Do they have any decor inventory you can utilize?

  • What staff do they provide for set up, clean up, serving, break down, etc?

  • Do they allow things like confetti, sparklers, live animals (horse drawn carriage, etc)?

  • Do they provide their own signage?

  • Do they provide an on-site coordinator and can you meet with them? Can you hire your own?

  • Do they have vendor suggestions?

  • Are there noise restrictions?

  • What is the parking situation?

  • Do they provide transportation services?

  • Do they have overnight accommodations?

  • Are they accessible for all disabilities?

  • Do they have nearby hotel suggestions for your guests?

  • Do they have photo examples of other weddings?

  • How is the lighting in the space? Is it bright enough for good photos and will your makeup artist need to bring an extra light?

  • Where does the sunset? Will you be able to get sunset photos?


Wedding planner:

  • Are you available for my wedding date?

  • What services do you offer? Full, partial, month of, day of coordination, etc.

  • What is your experience in planning events and weddings?

  • Do you have photos or reviews of weddings you have done?

  • What are your payment plans? Cancellation policies? Deposit requirements? Travel fees?

  • How often will we communicate?

  • Do you offer design help as well as planning?

  • Can you work within our budget?

  • Do you help us with vendor recommendations and how many?

  • Do you communicate with vendors? Attend meetings?

  • Do you manage the invitations?

  • Do you help us create a budget plan, the wedding timeline, etc?

  • Do you have any extra fees?

  • Will you be working our wedding alone or do you have assistants?

  • What is your contingency plan?

  • What time do you arrive and leave?

  • How do you handle conflicts or issues on the day of?

  • Are you insured?

  • If you do not handle the Day of Coordination, do you communicate our needs to the person who will be doing that for us?

  • Do you attend rehearsal dinners?

  • Do you need anything else from us?

Photographer:

  • What are your packages and suggestions for my wedding?

  • Do you have payment plans?

  • What style is your editing?

  • Do you have additional lights you bring?

  • Do you have additional cameras you bring?

  • How do you deliver the images?

  • How long does it take to receive all the photos?

  • Do you provide sneak peeks and when would we get them?

  • Do you have any travel fees?

  • Do you include a second shooter in your package or is that extra?

  • Do you think I need a second shooter for my wedding?

  • Do you have experience shooting: (list your unique wedding experiences here- sparkler exit, church ceremony, etc)

  • Do you also provide videos or have recommendations?

  • Do you have pose suggestions? Can I send you my pose ideas?

  • Do you provide a questionnaire to fill out?

  • Do you offer prints or a print release?

  • Do you provide a digital gallery or flash drive?

  • Do you have any special needs for the day of?

  • Do you set up a meeting(s) prior to the wedding?

  • Do you offer any discounts for engagement sessions or boudoir shoots?

  • Do you have any special needs for the day of?

  • Do you have food restrictions?


Videographer:

  • What are your packages and suggestions for my wedding?

  • How long does the final product take to receive?

  • Do you do a recap video as well as the full length video?

  • Do you include a second shooter in your package or is that extra?

  • Do you think I need a second shooter for my wedding?

  • What style is your editing? Do you have different options?

  • Do you provide the video on digital or flash drive?

  • Do you provide a questionnaire to fill out?

  • Do you pick the music for our video? Do we give you suggestions?

  • Do you set up a meeting(s) prior to the wedding?

  • Do you provide mics and how many?

  • Do we need to record our vows at a separate time for video overlay?

  • Do you have any travel fees?

  • Do you have payment plans?

  • Do you have any special needs for the day of?

  • Do you have food restrictions?


Florist:

  • Are you available for my wedding date?

  • Have you worked at my wedding locations before? Do you visit prior to the wedding?

  • How do you price your services? Packages, itemized, etc?

  • Do you have a minimum budget?

  • How do you break up the payments and what is the deposit?

  • What is your cancellation policy?

  • What are the extra costs? Delivery, setup, breakdown, hours if you need to stay and relocate flowers, etc?

  • Who does what job? The arranging, delivery, day-of work, etc?

  • Can I see examples of your work and previous weddings you have done?

  • When do you put the florals together and how are they stored?

  • Do you have a specific way of designing and/or do you accept requests with photos?

  • Based on my budget, what flowers and ideas do you suggest?

  • How can I maximize my budget? Ie. double usage of florals, using in season flowers, etc.

  • What types of vases do you offer and do you rent/offer for purchase?

  • Do you rent/offer for purchase other wedding decor? Ie. rugs, mirrors, candle holders, etc.

  • How do you typically work with a baker for the cake/dessert floral decor?

  • Do you preserve bouquets or have suggestions for me?

  • What time do you need to arrive to set up and how long will it take?

  • What does your contract look like and when do we need to sign it?

DJ:

  • Is my wedding date available?

  • What packages do you offer?

  • Have you worked at my venue before?

  • How long have you been in this profession and how many weddings have you done?

  • Are you the sole employee or are there other DJ’s you work with? And who will be working my wedding? If you cannot make it that day, do you have a back up?

  • Do you provide any additional lighting, photo booths, or other activities?

  • What does your set up look like? Do you have multiple? Do you need any specific requirements from my venue?

  • How do you handle the ceremony music?

  • Do you have backup equipment?

  • Do you have microphones? Wireless, cords, etc?

  • Do you have any examples of your work?

  • What is your music library made up of? What genres of music do you support?

  • How do you create our playlist?

  • Can we give you “do not play” options?

  • Do you take requests from guests?

  • What do you do to motivate a crowd if my guests are not dancing?

  • Do you require a break during the wedding? And do you play music during this time?

  • Do you handle the announcements and when do you need that information by?

  • What are your cancellation policies, deposit policies, rates, and payment plan options?

  • What are your rules for set up and break down?

  • What is your expected timeline?

  • Do you have any extra fees? Ie. if you stay overtime, travel fees, etc?

  • Are you insured?

  • Do you have food restrictions?

Live band (in addition to the above, if needed)

  • How long have you been performing together?

  • How many band members are there total? Do you have backups for them if one cannot make it?

  • Can you play the ceremony, cocktail hour, and the reception? Are there different package options?

  • Do any of your band members have food restrictions?


Catering:

  • Are you available for our wedding date?

  • What is your previous wedding catering experience?

  • Do you have references, reviews, or photos from previous weddings?

  • Have you catered at our venue before?

  • What do you need in order to cater at our venue? Ie. a kitchen, accessible staff, etc.

  • Will you cook on site or deliver the food?

  • What is your typical timeline? Setup, serving, clean up, etc.

  • Do you have a specific menu and/or do you offer custom menus?

  • What dish(es) are your most popular?

  • What are your portion sizes?

  • Do you offer plated meals or buffet style?

  • What do you suggest for our budget, venue, needs, etc?

  • Do you offer kid’s meals?

  • Do you charge per person or a bulk rate?

  • How do you handle dietary needs, allergies, etc?

  • When do you need a final headcount, menu decision, and deposit?

  • Do you accept any last minute requests?

  • Do you provide dessert/cake services?

  • Do you provide coffee services?

  • Do you provide bartending services? Do you provide the alcohol or do we? Is that per person or bulk fee? What are the rules? Etc.

  • Do you have a catering/bartending license and liability insurance?

  • Do you provide linens, utensils, plates, napkins, etc? What do they look like? Are there extra fees for that?

  • How many servers do you provide?

  • Do you provide special servers for the Bride(s)/Groom(s)?

  • Will there be someone in charge on the day of and can we meet them?

  • What is your cancellation policy?

  • Do you have a payment plan option?


Bar Service:

  • Are you available for my date?

  • Have you ever worked at my venue before?

  • What are the packages you offer and how do you charge?

  • When is a final count due?

  • What does your deposit, payment plan, etc look like?

  • Do you accept tips from the guests or is it required from me?

  • Are your bartenders certified?

  • Does your bartending company have liquor liability and general liability?

  • Do we provide the alcohol or do you?

  • How long will be needed for setup and cleanup? Who does that? Are there any specific needs you have for the trash clean up?

  • Where will the bar(s) be located and do you need anything special for this? Ie. linens, tables, etc.

  • What will drinks be served in and who is providing it?

  • Will regular non-alcoholic drink service be served?

  • Do you provide a champagne toast?

  • Who is providing ice and how will the ice be stored?

  • What will happen to left over alcohol?

  • Do you provide a bar menu? Do I need to make one?

  • Do you have any other requirements?

Baker:

  • How long have you been working for weddings?

  • Can I see examples of your work?

  • Who will be making my cake/desserts?

  • What ingredients do you prefer working with? Ie. fondant, buttercream, sugar flowers, etc.

  • What flavors of cake, fillings, etc do you have and what are your most popular?

  • Do you offer tastings?

  • Do you offer vegan or gluten free options?

  • Can I order additional items other than cake?

  • What are your prices typically like?

  • What is your cancellation policy, deposit requirement, payment plan, etc?

  • Do you deliver to my venue? Is there a fee?

  • Have you worked a wedding at my venue before?

  • What happens if the cake is damaged during delivery?

  • Do you provide stands, tables, etc?

  • Do you offer cake cutting services?

  • Do you collaborate with the florist if I want real flowers on my cake/desserts?

  • Do you have any additional fees?

  • Are you licensed?


Hair and makeup:

  • How many weddings have you worked?

  • Can I see photos of your previous work?

  • Do you travel on site or do I need to go to you?

  • Do you work alone or do you need an assistant? What are those fees?

  • Do you provide any chairs, tables, lights, etc?

  • Are you comfortable with different ethnicities, mature skin, etc? Are you comfortable with all kinds of hair?

  • How do you handle allergies, sensitive skin, etc? What brands do you use?

  • Do you offer additional services? Ie. airbrush, spa treatments, include lashes, etc.

  • How long do you anticipate I will need you for?

  • Do you provide me with extra lip product, hair spray, and/or other products for later in the night?

  • What do you charge for bridal, bridesmaids, trial etc?

  • When should I set up a trial?

  • What are your deposit requirements and cancellation policies?

  • Do you have travel fees?

  • Do you require anything else from us?

  • Do you have a contingency plan?

  • Are you licensed? Do you have insurance?

Officiant:

  • Are you available for our wedding date?

  • Have you been to our wedding venue before?

  • How many weddings have you worked before?

  • Do you offer anything for us pre-marriage?

  • How do you create your ceremony speech and how much input will we have?

  • What is your estimated ceremony time?

  • Can we do our own vows and do you help us with that?

  • How many times should we meet?

  • Will you attend the rehearsal?

  • What are your fees, deposit, and cancellation policies? Travel costs?

  • Do you have a backup plan if you cannot attend the wedding for any reason?

  • Are we able to view what you will say during the ceremony?

  • Can we perform a special unity ceremony and will you help us with that?

  • Do you require anything else from us?


General Rentals:

  • What are the prices, payment plans, deposits needed, extra fees, etc

  • What does the company suggest for your amount of guests?

  • What happens if something breaks, gets ruined, etc?

  • Are you responsible for cleaning, returning, etc?

  • Pick up and drop off times? Set up and break down instructions?

  • What does the contract include?

  • Does anything special need to happen prior to the wedding? Ie. If you're having a tent put up, do they need to have a specialist look at the ground first?

Transportation:

  • Previous experience?

  • Do you have a fleet of vehicles available for wedding transportation? If so, what are the options(bus, limo, cars, SUVs, Vans etc)

  • How much do you charge for wedding transportation? Does this change base on # of people or distance?

  • Do you provide any special discounts or packages?

  • What is the cancellation policy?

  • Do you provide insurance for transportation services?

  • Are there any additional fees or charges associated with wedding transportation?

  • How much notice is required for booking the service?

  • What is the maximum number of passengers you can accommodate for wedding transportation?


Questions to ask your Wedding Vendors
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Happy Planning!!

Lynea D'Aprix

theweddingtalk.com

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