5 Questions Couples Should Ask Wedding Professionals (But Don’t)
The time has come, you’re planning your wedding! Congratulations! Let me guess, you’re likely experiencing exhilaration, romance and chaos all at once? Yep, that means you’re on the right path! Chances are, you’ve never planned a wedding before but rest assured – after being a part of over 25,000 weddings – the folks at Mike Staff Productions know the ins and outs of some of the most important details of your day.
Our job is to sit down, with brides & couples like you, to make sure you get the very bet service possible on your wedding day and all of your questions answered! Talk about stress reliever, right? But sitting down with vendor after vendor can be overwhelming, confusing and tiring. So — we’re here to help! The team at Mike Staff Productions have the top 5 questions you can ask wedding professionals to ensure you’re getting what you need. If any vendors can’t give you answers to these questions – consider that a red flag!
Question Couples Should Ask Wedding Professionals #1: Can you describe your style? / Can I see some of your work?
Whether you’re looking to hire a photographer, cake designer, DJ or florist — you’re going to want to see their past work, that’s a no brainer. While pictures and portfolios are nice, ask your vendor about their style and vision to see if it gels with yours! Those details can sometimes be the deciding factor if you’re stuck between multiple vendors. At Mike Staff Productions, we lay it all out for you and we also let you choose who you want to work with so theirs no question you’re getting someone that fits your style.
That’s right, we trust that you’ll choose the perfect person to work with because you know what you want on your wedding day! There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all wedding DJ or Photographer – we get that, that’s why we invite you to be a part of the process.
When you come in for an appointment, we’ll show you video profiles of all of our team members that you can ultimately work with. You’ll never leave our office confused about who we are, what we stand for and how we operate.
At Mike Staff Productions:
Choose Your Wedding DJ
- Watch video profiles of our award winning wedding DJs in action.
- Get familiar with their personality and style
- See how our DJs handle announcements, introductions, toasts and the first dance before you book. (How cool is that?)
Choose Your Wedding Photographer
- Watch video profiles of our award winning Photographers in action.
- Get familiar with their style, artistry and personality
- View examples of their work
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If you’re considering turning your wedding day into a film, we have some pretty incredible HD Wedding Video Highlights cued up for your viewing pleasure so you can see an example the final product before you even book. Here are some examples below…
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Question Couples Should Ask Wedding Professionals #2: Do you have a list of preferred wedding vendors?
This question typically applies just for wedding venues or wedding planners – but it is a MUST! Typically this is one of the first major ‘to dos’ you cross off the list and preferred vendors your venue works with can really help set the planning path you got down next. Most venues have hard-and-fast list of wedding professionals they strong prefer to work with based on their experience, knowledge and professionalism. (Mike Staff Productions is honored to be on dozens of hundreds of preferred vendors lists!)
The major benefit here: Knowing who your venue likes to work with can point you in the right direction of who to book next. It can be an easy, trusted way of building your own team of wedding professionals.
Question Couples Should Ask Wedding Professionals #3: What other fees am I expected to cover?
Most likely, your going to be looking for the “base” price to determine how a vendors services will fit into your wedding budget, but there might be other, smaller fees that you should be aware of and ask about before signing anything. I wouldn’t be too worried about vendors hitting you with hidden fees, but it’s 100% worth asking because.. you never know. What types of ‘fees’ are we talking about? Depending on the vendor or the service: overtime fees, setup and/or delivery fees, breakdown fees and any number of practical costs for their additional services, time or equipment. Once you pick your vendor, be sure they’ve mentioned all the fees that they know you’ll incur, as well as any optional fees that might come into effect (like overtime) so you’re prepared.
Bottom line: Never do business with any wedding professionals that does not clearly spell out what you should expect! At Mike Staff Productions, we disclose all the costs upfront so we are on the same page financially.
Question Couples Should Ask Wedding Professionals #4: Can I review this contract with my parents, future-in-laws or anyone else who is paying for it?
We get it, sometimes, you want / need the entire family to help narrow down the perfect cake flavor or you’d like moms opinion on the photography style — especially when family members are helping to pay for certain details of your wedding. That’s totally normal. Most weddings involve a whole team of people who are making decisions and fronting the costs. For this reason, it’s important to be upfront with your vendors about who is paying for what so all the technical details can be worked out, specific names can be added to the contract and your vendors are reaching out to the right people when it’s time to collect a payment. It just eliminates confusion and stress down the road.
Question Couples Should Ask Wedding Professionals #5: Who will be my main point of contact?
The funny thing about wedding planning, you set up all these meetings and do all of this booking months and months in advance, it’s nearly a guarantee you’re going to have questions down the road or forget a detail or two. So, it’s important to know, up front, who to contact when you need answers throughout your planning process. If you’re dealing with a one-person business, this is a pretty easy question to answer BUT one person doesn’t always mean efficiency and timelines. So if you are working with an independent contractor you may want to ask how long it typically takes them to get back with someone and their preferred ways of contact so your email or voicemail doesn’t go ignored.
If you’re on board with a larger business, there will likely be a team of people ready to answer your questions; sales associates, customer service reps, communications professional, etc. But again, you want to be sure you know the best person to call, the best number to call and know their business hours. As the wedding approaches, you may want to be familiar with a few different ways to get in touch — maybe a text or email after hours, Facebook chat — so that as things pop up, you feel comfortable and satisfied. At Mike Staff Productions, from now until the wedding and even after the wedding we are here for you 7 days a week. Please reach out to us for anything you need. You will cover the details specifically for the event with your DJ/Photographer/Videographer leading up to your wedding day.
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3 Steps to Building the Ultimate Wedding Package
1. Pick Your Wedding Photographer(s)
Whether you want ultra-creative or classic photos, our professional wedding photographers can deliver whatever kind of aesthetic you’re looking for. Each photographer offers their own unique professional approach to wedding photography, and you can pick the right one for you. The photography is just the start of the ultimate wedding package.
2. Pick Your Wedding Videographer(s)
One of the biggest regrets we hear from the over 25,000 couples we have served is that they didn’t get a professional wedding video made. Don’t let that be your regret! Like our photographers, our videographers can create cinematic wedding videos that spotlight your love. Whatever you’re looking for, our videographers will deliver a wedding video that you’ll be able to enjoy for years and share with future generations.
3. Pick Your Wedding DJ & MC
In order to capture photos and videos of the touching, hilarious and memorable moments at your wedding reception, you’re going to need the right music at the right time. The final piece of the ultimate wedding package, our DJs will bring your wedding celebration to the next level. Pick the music, don’t pick the music, create a “do not play list”, or give us no list at all, we’ll get to know you and your guests and construct a playlist that fits just right. But our DJs do more than just play songs, they bring energy to your wedding with engaging announcements, introductions and more.
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