Some questions are so obvious that you forget to ask them at all. Here are 8 important questions you might be forgetting to ask your vendors.
How do you prefer to communicate?
To make things less confusing it's helpful to establish the main form of communication and the frequency of communication with your vendor. Do they prefer talking on the phone? Email? Texting? Do they always respond right away? Or should you expect to hear back in a day or two if it isn't urgent?
Do you work with any other vendors?
Some vendors such as photographers and videographers may offer discounts through each other so that's good to know in case you'd like to work with one of their partners. Many venues only work with certain other vendors as well so it's important to ask this question if you have specific vendors in mind.
Who do you recommend?
Chances are the vendors you'll be working with have been in the business for a little while so they've probably worked with hundreds of other vendors in the area. Don't be scared to ask them who they recommend. Your venue might just recommend a great photographer or coordinator that you hadn't looked into yet.
What do you need to hold my date?
You should prepare yourself to put a deposit down if you'd like the vendor to hold your date. Some vendors have as small as a 10% deposit and some require half up front.
What forms of payment do you accept?
This is an obvious question but often overlooked. A lot of vendors don't take credit and might only take cash or check. It's also becoming more popular to pay through PayPal, Venmo or Facebook Messenger, so they may offer that as a form of payment.
When's my final payment due?
This is an important question and the answer should be marked in your calendar. Final payments are typically due the week before the wedding or a month before the wedding, but it's always important to make sure you keep track of the dates your vendors need to be paid. Tip: Staggering the vendor payments may help your bank account.
Is there a discount if I pay in full now?
Some vendors offer a discount if you pay it all upfront by cash or check. For example, our videographers gave us a 10% discount because we paid via check. Because they weren't charged fees for running a credit card they were nice enough to pass their savings onto us.
What do you need from me?
Yes, your vendors will need you to provide them with things other than money. The DJ/Band will need to know what songs you want played. The photographer will have a list of questions about the ceremony, reception, and wedding party that they need from you. The bakery may need your wedding toppers or cake stands. Knowing what is expected of you will help avoid any miscommunications.