When it comes to organising a wedding, some people will stick with friends and relatives. But there are some jobs that these friends and family can’t do. Unless you personally know a registrar, you’ll need one to legally get married. Then there’s the added benefits that come with a hiring a professional. They won’t get too drunk and forget to take photos for half the night, neither will they play an inappropriate DJ setlist in the evening.
That said, you shouldn’t just hire any old professional to work at your wedding. Research is important in order to get right individual for you. Here are some of main factors to consider when looking for wedding professionals.
Expensive rates don’t always entail the best service. It’s worth always collecting multiple quotes from different registrars, photographers, DJs and florists.
There are lots of cost-saving techniques. Getting married in winter will often get you less expensive rates as this is when there are fewer weddings, and so those in the wedding trade will compete against one another with deals in order to get business. Bundle deals can be another way of saving money, giving you multiple services at once.
Be aware of those that try and sell you extras. Do you really need flowers on every table, or will a large flower feature somewhere central do? Is champagne necessary on the exit to the ceremony, or can you wait until the meal and reception? A breakdown of all the costs can often be useful, so that you know exactly what you’re paying for.
Of course, if cost is your main concern, hiring friends and family to do certain jobs may be more sensible. Just be aware that you may not get the desired quality that you’re after.
Checking someone’s reputation is very important. Anyone can pass themselves off as a photographer or DJ, so check that they’re somewhat established (a good quality website and social media are good things to look for). Reading reviews can also help you to find someone that’s good quality. There are plenty of review sites online. Don’t disregard word of mouth too – reviews and testimonials online can be faked, but if you’re hearing it straight from a previous client’s mouth, you know that they’re worth considering.
Someone’s experience can also count for a lot. A catering service that have been cooking food for weddings for ten years may be better equipped than a brand new company. Relevant wedding experience is also important. Just because a DJ has been playing clubs for several years doesn’t mean that they’ll also be able to transfer their talents to a wedding setting, where the audience is different and children may have to be catered for. Many people in the wedding trade will keep a portfolio of their work, either as a photo booklet or online. Always ask to see this so that you get idea of the past clients they’ve worked with.