Most of us do not event manage for a living. Yet with the advent of our weddings we suddenly feel we should be able to cope with hiring people, selecting a photographer, choosing a venue, a florist, someone to bake the cake; and still co-ordinate it all.
But have no fear. If you keep your wits about you, add a dose of humour, keep in mind at all times that your wedding is not that big a deal (i.e. maintain perspective), and include these crucial questions when hiring, you just might pull it all off:
To the photographer:
- Do you think I can see all of the photographs from one or two of your weddings, not just the selected ones? (the ones that make you look good – don’t say this part!)
- Will the photos you take contain a copyright, or do they belong to us?
- Are you our actual photographer? (you don’t want to end up with his assistant)
To the venue supplier:
- What’s the worst thing you’ve had happen at a wedding reception here before? (if they say they’ve all been perfect, you might want to look elsewhere; you’re looking for how they handled the situation)
- As part of the cost do you supply a co-ordinator to supervise and co-ordinate the day and deal with any problems that might arise?
- Do you provide a PA system for speeches and announcements?
- Is there a children’s menu (if you’re having children at the reception)
- Is there a board for the seating plan?
To the florist:
- Can you do a mock up of the tables’ centrepiece for me?
- Do you also do aisle runners, candles, candlesticks, potted plants etc.?
- What flowers are in season? (these tend to be cheaper)
- Can I watch you set up at your next wedding?
To the dressmaker:
- Are fittings included in the cost of the dress?
- What if I gain weight? (you want to make sure dress seams are large enough)
To the baker of cake:
- are you prepared to co-ordinate with the florist as I want fresh flowers on top?
- do you include a cake stand and knife?
- does the quoted price include the top tier?
- can I see your portfolio?
- can I sample your cake?
Happy Wedding Planning!