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Business Owner, Business Administration Degree (Student), and YouTuber.
If you are planning a wedding in the next few years (2021-2023), god bless. Seriously, this is a crazy time to be planning a wedding. In this story, I will detail 5 questions that you can (and should) ask prespective wedding vendors regarding COVID-19. With each question, I will provide a brief detail about why you should ask it and what type of answer you should be looking for. I also reccomend that you take a look at some of my other stories on similar topics like "2 Top Wedding Fears and How to Avoid Them Happening to You", "11 Questions To Ask A Wedding DJ (or Vendor) and WHY", and "Successful Weddings During a Pandemic".
COVID-19 has affected every industry but perhaps one of the most disrupted is the wedding industry. As a wedding DJ, I was deeply affected by this, but I did still was able to do 2 weddings this in 2020 and I believe there is a lot to be said about the success of those weddings.
According to a recent Facebook poll, which I conducted on a multiple brides groups, many brides' top fear is that a vendor will cancel on them last minute. In second place was that the quality or services they received would not be what they expected. On this note, I have three points that we must discuss to explain how you can avoid these. Firstly, where does this fear come from? Second, what's my interest on the subject? Third, what can brides can do to prevent it?
I had a beautiful introduction written for this and an error happened with vocal that deleted all my work so let's just get right into it. In this story I will list questions and why I believe you should be asking it of your DJ or other wedding vendor before you hire them.
Credit accounts, but mostly credit cards, can help or hurt you. For most Americans they believe it hurts them, and for many that is true. The method I will discuss today has probably been discussed before. I am going to try to give the most complete and accurate view of 3 main strategies for how to make this tactic sucessful and what you need to be able to use this strategy.
As a wedding DJ, some people think I don't charge enough and some think I charge too much. Wedding DJ costs can vary widely, but across the board, DJ's are far cheaper than bands. So there is another side to the story... but I'll stay away from that here. Fun fact: Bands typically hate DJs.
Many brides fear that a vendor; typically DJ's, photographers, or videographers, will cancel on them last minute. It's for good reason, I as a DJ, have gotten many day-of wedding calls from brides whose DJ cancelled on them or didn't show. I can rarely help them because I am typically doing an event already. Here are some things you can do to prevent this from happening. Of course there's no guarantee your DJ won't cancel, but these steps will protect you if they do and prevent them from cancelling.
In the wedding marketplace, WeddingWire, who recently merged with The Knot, is the equivalent of Google. Their couples' choice award is sought after by professionals and brides, and I happen to be one of the professionals who has earned it this year. The Knot offers similar awards. Unlike the Knot though, WeddingWire offers a free listing to vendors but will cold call you until you pay them. At best, it’s pushy. The problem with their cold calls is that they frequently say a year of advertising pays off with one sale. As a business major, I think this should be considered false advertising, and here’s why.