Hi friends! For many couples, planning a wedding is the first time they’re in charge of such a large event – and often the first time they’re working with multiple vendors and finalizing contracts. For those that are a little new to this side of the business, here are the 5 basics I always apply to my business dealings with each vendor:
- Get a written estimate. It really helps clear up any confusion when you go in to “close the deal.”
- Sign a contract. This is key! Most vendors will draw one up, but if a vendor doesn’t have one, write a letter stating all the terms. Both of you should sign and date it.
- Review the entire contract before signing and paying. Especially the fine print! Pay special attention to deposit and cancellation terms and make sure the contract specifies exactly what the vendor will provide.
- Double check the obvious details. Make sure things like the wedding date, location, price, etc. are all correct. You should also look out for details like the attire of the vendor’s staff and overtime fees.
- Check references. You should ideally connect with couples who have hired the vendor within the last eighteen months. The vendor should be willing to provide references. If he or she isn’t, that’s a big red flag and I recommend walking away.
Trust me, finding vendors you can depend on will make your wedding planning process go much smoother.
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