Asking the RIGHT questions is an important part of planning your wedding. There are so many moving parts and people involved and you have high expectations for your wedding, so asking the right questions upfront will guarantee you have the right expectations leading into your big day.

Questions to Ask Yourself After Meeting with Potential Vendors

  • How did you feel during and after the interview?
  • Was the vendor and the staff respectful? Did you feel heard and understood?
  • Can you picture working with the vendor and having a great experience?
  • Were they professional with the experience to back up their claims?

Questions to Ask the Venue

  • What’s included in the rental fee? What isn’t included?
  • When can I start setting up for the event?
  • Can I use my own caterer (if desired)?
  • Are there plans to sell or renovate anytime soon?
  • What is the capacity of the parking lot?
  • How many restrooms are there and where are they located?
  • Are there nearby accommodations for overnight guests?
  • Are there backup plans in place if the weather is bad?

Questions to Ask the Wedding Planner

  • Do you have our wedding date open?
  • What made you want to be a wedding planner?
  • What is the scope of services included in your fee? What isn’t included?
  • How long have you been in the business?
  • How many full-scale weddings have you planned? When was your last wedding?
  • Is this your full-time job?

Questions to Ask the Caterer

  • Is the wedding date available?
  • How long have you been in business?
  • How many weddings do you cater per year?
  • What are some options for my budget?
  • What is included in your fee? Are there any additional fees?
  • Are there any additional upgrades available (chocolate fountains, etc.)?
  • Are there price breaks for vendor or children’s meals?
  • Do you have a “clean up” policy? If so, what is it?
  • What type of linens are provided? When is the deposit needed?
  • Is there a cancellation or refund policy?

Questions to Ask the Florist

  • Do you have the wedding date available?
  • How long have you been in business? How many weddings have you done?
  • Approximately how many weddings do you do per year?
  • How many other events will you schedule on our wedding date?
  • What is your design style?
  • Have you ever done a wedding at my venue site?
  • Can you work within my budget?
  • Do you have any recommendations to maximize my budget?
  • Can you show me some samples (images) of your work and what is included within my budget?
  • Can I show you pictures of what I love?
  • What types of flowers are in season when I’m getting married?
  • Will you work with my cake designer if I want flowers on my cake?
  • Are there extra fees for delivery, setup and tear down?

Questions to Ask the DJ

  • Do you have our wedding date available?
  • How long have you been in the business?
  • What made you want to be a DJ?
  • Is this your full-time job? A hobby? A part-time job?
  • How many weddings do you perform at per year?
  • Have you done events at our reception site before?
  • What sets you apart from the competition?
  • What is the timeline for the deposit, booking and contract?
  • What is the refund/cancellation policy?
  • Can you work with any type of lighting?