A few tips to finding the right ones for you......
Do Your Homework. You'll get much more out of a meeting or conversation with a wedding professional if you do a little background homework first. Spend some time on the internet or talking to friends who've recently been married. Find out what the services are available. Get an idea of what you like and don't like. Wedding websites and chat rooms can be a great resource. This way when you meet with a wedding professional you'll be able to ask better questions and have an idea of what to look out for.
Meet With Them and in person meeting is the best way to interview a potential wedding supplier. It lets you get the full experience of their personality, style and professionalism. If that's not possible, have a phone conversation.
Ask Questions. There are no stupid questions! Make sure you get clear, specific answers to your questions. If you aren't sure what something means, ask them to clarify. Keep asking questions until you completely understand. If a wedding supplier has a problem with you asking questions, they probably aren't the one for you. The best wedding professionals are patient, understanding and take the time to help you make the best choices for your wedding.
Listen. Don't just hear the words they say, really listen. Watch the suppliers body language. Are they confident and comfortable with their response? Do they look and sound nervous? Do you get a funny feeling about them? Take all the sights, sounds and feelings into account along with their responses; if your gut tells you something isn't right, it probably isn't!
Check References. Portfolios are hand-picked to show off the best work, but they may not represent the average wedding performance. Videos are edited for the optimum presentation. But real referrals from satisfied clients are hard to fake. Call up both client and professional references. Ask questions and use those listening skills. Even if they give a rave review, you'll often be able to read between the lines if there were any issues or problems. Ask around and search the internet for reviews. Weigh all of this information into your choices.
Here are the 10 Must Ask Questions to ask ALL your potential wedding professionals before booking:
1.Do you run a professional (full time) company?
This demonstrates a level of professionalism you will not get by those who do not.
2.Do you use a written agreement?
To guarantee the terms of your agreement including your date, arrival, departure times onsite, the service you are hiring and the fee.
3.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.
4.Do you carry back-up equipment?
Even Rolls Royce's breakdown! What happens if your suppliers equipment fails? Will your party be ruined if they have no back-up?
5.Do you carry liability insurance?
This protects you in case an unfortunate accident should occur on your wedding day. It is also a sign that this is a reputable business, since most fly by night operations don't invest in insurance.
6.How much do you cost?
Price is often relative, especially when you factor in experience, reputation and expert skill. Generally, the most talented professionals cost more, are of a better quality and will deliver a better experience at your reception.
7.Do you guarantee your services?
Only the most reputable, and confident suppliers will be able to do this. Seek them out for a worry free professional experience, they often under-promise and over-deliver.
8.WIll they dress appropriately?
A professional should be very smartly dressed in keeping with the occasion.
9.Will they use inappropriate language or be impolite?
You do not want anyone who may cause offense on the happiest days of your life.
10.Will they not drink alcohol on the job?
An inebriated supplier will not perform as well as a sober one.
If chosen wisely, with the right wedding suppliers you get expert help and advice, FOR FREE!
By Wedding DJ & Host, Steve Mitchell
Steve Mitchell, full time professional, wedding DJ & Host, Dad and Husband.