4 Vendor Red Flags to Beware of When Interviewing Your Wedding Dream Team
Hiring your wedding vendors can seem a like a daunting task, especially if you’ve never planned an event before. The first step in the process, after determining a couple contenders in each category, is to meet them in person to decide who you’d like to work with. You’re going to work quite closely with your vendors during the planning process, so it’s a good idea to spend some time figuring out who you want by your side to execute your big day and during the big event itself. And looking out for wedding vendor red flags is key.
While there are a number of factors that can go into making your decision—from each vendor’s event style to how long they’ve been in the wedding biz—keep these warning signs in mind as you narrow down your final choices. More often than not, they will help you determine who’s a true and trusted pro (and who maybe isn’t…).
He or she arrives late to your consultation.
Of course, you always want to give a person the benefit of the doubt, especially if he or she is running a couple minutes behind. But a potential vendor who arrives very late, completely frazzled, and without warning may not be the super professional person you’re looking for.
He or she badmouths your venue or another vendor.
Unless you are explicitly asking for a vendor’s opinion to help you make an informed decision, a dig is not a good sign. The best vendors will be enthusiastic about your chosen wedding locale and big day team, and they’ll approach anticipated challenges with a positive can-do attitude.
Your conversation just doesn’t flow.
Sometimes, you just can’t get into a rhythm with another person and something feels… off. While you may not become instant BFFs with a potential vendor, you two should be able to have a conversation without constantly talking over each other or interrupting. If your back-and-forth feels forced, unnatural, or just weird, it might not be a good fit.
He or she isn’t able to provide references you can call and talk to.
Many vendors have online reviews where you can read about other clients’ experiences. But most of these will likely showcase positive aspects, or just the highlights, so it’s important to ask for real person references you can call or email. If a vendor can’t give you that, red flag!