Wedding planning can be overwhelming. If you’ve ever tried to plan one yourself, you’ve probably wished for a fairy godmother who would arrange the whole thing for you—exactly the way you always imagined. You could just sit back, nod your approval, and let your fairy godmother do all the work.
Sadly, we live in the real world where fairy godmothers are hard to come by and weddings are a lot of work. If you go the DIY route, you may find that you spend most of your engagement sweating the small stuff, like assembling your wedding favors, addressing your invitations, and interviewing vendors for your big day.
Does that sound less than romantic? Fortunately, there’s an alternative. While you could hire a wedding planner to do it for you—they’re basically modern-day fairy godmothers!—you can do it yourself with a little thoughtful planning. The key is to delegate.
But choosing who to delegate to can take a lot of time and research, so get started as early as possible. Choosing your vendors is not something you want to put off until the last minute. When picking your professional team for your wedding there are a few things to consider:
1. Check the quality of their work and experience
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. What is their specialty? How many wedding have they done previously? Do they have a portfolio of past work? These are all questions that could help you get a better understanding of their experience.
2. Ask for references
Asking for references will help you understand how the vendor and/or their staff actually handle events. Can they deal with a crowd of 300 people, or do they do better in an intimate setting? By asking previous clients, you will get a more honest opinion about the experience and what you should expect.
3. Follow your gut
A vendor may be highly recommended and sought after but if you do not have a good feeling about them don’t do it. You have the choice to select another option. You want to make sure that you are going to feel comfortable with them and that they are going to listen and take direction from you when needed.
4. Always get it in writing
Always, always, always get everything in writing. This will help to avoid any confusion or misunderstandings regarding services and payment. Make sure that you created a contract to protect yourself and the vendor you are going with.
The good news: Rocket Lawyer is here to help with your legal needs for your wedding.
Here are the most common contracts our brides and grooms use for their vendors:
Wedding Consultant contract
Venue Rental Agreement
General Contract for Services
Don’t forget that all of these documents come with Document Defense. So if your caterer brings ribs to your vegan wedding, the DJ plays the Macarena when you explicitly told him not to, or the photographer fails to show up, you just contact us. We’ll put you in touch with an attorney, and they’ll write a demand letter on your behalf. No sweat.