Weddings are a lot of work. So much planning, money, time, and even sweat and tears goes into them. Everyone wants to be sure that they’ve hired the right vendors for their big day. Here are some green lights, red flags, and in between when it comes to choosing vendors for your wedding.
Green light. Contracts protect everyone involved. I can’t even begin to tell you how many horror stories I’ve come across of a vendor ghosting a couple and there almost always is no contract involved. A vendor requiring a contract is a green light never a red flag.
Red flag. While we all start somewhere, it’s so important for a business to have insurance. Yes there are those who do some type of wedding service as a side job, but professionals have insurance. Some venues even require that your vendors have insurance and need to see proof of it before your big day.
This isn’t exactly a red flag. In today’s world so many of us rely on social media accounts to acquire and distribute information. While having a website definitely says professional, it’s not a defining factor. I do urge every vendor to create a website though if they haven’t already, relying on social media alone can get tricky. Remember when facebook just suddenly stopped working for a day in 2021? If you’re a vendor and you don’t have a website please go create one.
Now when I say ghosted I mean they aren’t responding to anything and for an extended amount of time. Not just a handful of days. People have lives, things come up, emergencies happen. But, if it’s been two weeks and you’ve reached out several times, that’s a red flag.
Wanting to give Guidance
Green light. I always offer to help my clients with their timelines. I can send them referrals for other vendors. Anything that I can offer guidance on I am happy to do so.
Now again, we all start somewhere. I certainly used to charge far less for my services than I do now. But that’s because I was inexperienced at that time. If a vendor is claiming to have been in the industry for years and charges a fraction of what others do, that’s a red flag.
Green light. When they have questions, questionnaires, surveys, when they answer your questions, all green lights. Professionals want to know about your big day because it helps them to perform better. Send all the info my way.
Red flag. I can’t speak for other vendors, but it’s pretty typical of professional photographersw and videographers to send an invoice through the same website or program that they send a contract through or via things like Venmo or Paypal. Cash or check only usually means that they aren’t professionals and that they don’t report their income or pay taxes.
Now for how to find this information before you even reach out? Some vendors have an FAQ section on their website.
I hope this helps you in your wedding planning journey. Explore the site to find more wedding tips, view portfolios and inquire about your big day. ♥️