Interviewing potential vendors is like going on an awkward first date — you both hope there's chemistry, but it can be confusing to know exactly what to say. We asked top wedding experts to break down the most important questions that you should ask, to help you find the right vendor for your needs and budget.
But first, there's a few pointers you can follow to ensure that the process goes as smoothly as possible. Before you schedule vendor meetings, determine a ballpark budget of what you're willing to spend and discuss your vision with your fiancé, including likes and dislikes. Some vendors, like photographers, list the starting price of their services on their website or you can call to inquire, while others, like florists, need to meet with you and get in-depth information before they can give you a price quote.
Either way, we recommend visiting several vendors for the same service so that you can get a better idea of their work and prices — comparison shopping is critical. Always check a vendor's reputation with the Better Business Bureau and ask for client references.
Once you decide to hire a vendor, discuss all of the services that will be provided in great detail and make sure you understand everything that's included, as well as what will cost you extra in case you decide to add it on at a later point in time. Learn how to negotiate on pricing, here.
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