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Bridal show season is coming up, and many newly engaged couples will be talking with potential photographers, djs, florists, and other wedding vendors.

They’ll get a chance to see samples of the vendors’ work, and, as savvy shoppers, they’ll no doubt have a list of questions they’ll want to ask the vendors.

Some of the most common (and very important!) questions to ask wedding vendors are:

  • How much do you charge?
  • How long have you been in business?
  • Have you worked at my wedding venue?
  • Do you have references?
  • What type of equipment do you use?
  • Are your packages customizable?

Yes, these are definitely things you will want to know.

But there is one question that is rarely asked, and it may be one of the most important of all questions to ask wedding vendors, something you will want to know.


No, not why will you want to know . . .

Ask the vendors why they do what they do.

Is it for the creative outlet? The love of music/food/flowers? The joy of fulfilling someone’s dreams?

Or is it for a little extra cash?

Ok, they’re probably not going to tell a bride or groom that they’re in it for the extra money (at least I hope they wouldn’t). But you never know. While speaking with a vendor I had never met before, he told me that he and his business partner do it to make some extra money.

Now I realize that there are many people in the wedding world who work other jobs, and their wedding biz isn’t their main source of income. But their #1 reason isn’t for the extra $.

Instead, they do what they do because it’s something they enjoy, they’ve been around photography or music or baking their whole lives, it’s a passion . . .

But first and foremost it isn’t the money.

Watch their faces and eyes when they answer “why?”.

Do their eyes light up? Are they more animated?

People who love what they do tend to be more committed. They invest in themselves through continued training/education. They keep their equipment well maintained and updated. They are interested in “what’s new – what’s the latest” because they don’t want to be doing the same-old-same-old. They network with other wedding professionals. They are excited about what they do.

People who love what they do will ultimately do a better job. Compare that to those who don’t love what they do, and are “just in it for the money.” It’s so sad, and very obvious, when on the wedding day a vendor isn’t loving what they’re doing, only wants to put in their time, and really does not want to be there.

You’ve invested a lot of time and money into your wedding day. You owe it to yourself (and your fiancé) to choose vendors who will be invested in you.

Hearts, Joy, Love!

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