It is important to prepare for a meeting with vendors. Meeting with vendors can be nerve-racking. What if they charge you more than what they are worth? What if they seem good from your first impression but they turn out to be your worst nightmare?! With these simple steps, you’ll be ready for you meeting in no time.
Go online and read their reviews; if they have any. Check out their website and blog. Most vendors have websites so they can show potential clients their work or what they have to offer. Ask people within your circle if they have ever worked with these vendors before. It’s always good to have knowledge of potential vendors so you don’t meet them blind.
2// Prepare Questions to ask your potential vendors
There are various amounts of questions you can ask depending on what vendor you are meeting for.
Some common questions are:
“Do you offer packages?”
- Vendors can charge you in a couple of different ways. Packages are the best choice because they offer a wide range of services for a consolidated price. If you end up hiring a vendor hourly or per service, you risk a very high bill in the end. Packages can give you piece of mind that you won’t be overcharged by your vendor.
“How long have you been in business for?”
- This question can be iffy because vendors who have only been in business for a short period of time can be great and vendors who have years of experience may not be as good. This question should be asked with an open mind.
“Do you have a portfolio?”
- Portfolios are good to have visually because this is how you know if the vendor has the same taste as you.
3// Know Your Budget
It is good to know your budget when heading into a meeting. That way you don’t end up spending past your budget. Prioritize your vendors and think about which vendors are the most important to the least important. This way you get rid of services on things that you know you can live without or just cut back on it.
4// Know Your Style
Research and figure out the theme and style of your wedding. Going blinded makes it hard for a vendor to figure out what it is you want from them and you may end up hiring a vendor who can’t produce the image you will have for your wedding. Knowing this makes it easier for you to tell vendors exactly what you want and you will get exactly that when you go in prepared. This also helps to eliminate the vendors that don’t fit with your style.
5// Shop Around
Don’t just visit one vendor for each service. Visit multiple vendors so you can find the best fit vendor for your wedding. Don’t be afraid to turn down vendors. If you don’t like them, don’t hire them. It will be the last time you’ll ever see them anyways!