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Tricky Questions To Ask When Booking Your Wedding
The few remaining dates for 2021 and 2022 are filling up fast and you may find that you’ll have to make some difficult compromises. But there is good news! Venues and suppliers understand how you feel and are keen to reassure you so that you feel totally comfortable to book.
We’ve noted the key questions you might want to ask below.
Here’s your booking questions checklist:
- Is this a reputable, established business?
- What is the booking process?
- How much is the deposit?
- Can we pay a lower deposit?
- Will my deposit be safe?
- Can we insure the deposit?
- What happens if restrictions prevent us using all the service we have paid for?
- What happens if there are additional costs incurred by the business or venue?
- What happens if we have to postpone?
- What happens if we need to cancel?
- Are they listed on reputable wedding directories, such as Guides for Brides?
- What is their website or portfolio like?
- Do they feature in real weddings?
- Do they have online reviews or testimonials?
- Are they recommended by other businesses?
Any business that has been doing weddings for a while will have a clear online “footprint” or a good reason not to, such as working with high profile clients where discretion is essential. Do your research beforehand and contact them directly to make sure they are the best choice for you.
From the experts
We speak to these business owners several times a year, every year. We get to know them, understand why they do what they do. They are deeply committed to their businesses and their brides.Alison Hargreaves, Wedding industry expert and Guides for Brides CEO
- How far in advance are you allowed to make the decision to postpone?
- How long will they hold the back-up date to allow you to check availability with other suppliers?
- Is there a charge to move to a like-for-like date?
- How much will it cost, or how will the amount be calculated, for moving to a more desirable date?
- Will there be a reduction in cost if you move to a less desirable date?
- Will the remaining payment schedule be moved to fit the new date?
Before Covid it was rare for a wedding to be postponed so it wasn’t a scenario many couples or businesses had considered. 10 months in, most have a clear, fair and well tested system in place and it can be reassuring for you to know what that system is in advance, just in case your plans need to change.
Questions we can help answer
Why aren’t deposits held in “client accounts”?
Unlike property rental contracts where deposits are held securely by the DPS or “Deposit Protection Scheme”, most wedding deposits are not strictly a deposit but are a part-payment. They go towards the total cost of the wedding rather than being held securely to return after the wedding. As such, most businesses use deposits and prepayments as working capital in the weeks or months between your booking and your wedding date. The recent CMA investigation established that it’s not unusual for a third of the costs to have been incurred by a venue before the actual wedding day.
Why isn’t there a standard contract for wedding services?
Why do we feel your deposits are safe?
About the author
Written by: Alison Hargreaves
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