If there are tears on your wedding day, they should be tears of joy. It may seem masochistic to think about one of your suppliers going belly-up on your wedding day, but imagine if it happened and you weren’t prepared? It would be torture to get a call saying your florist closed down or the cake you ordered wasn’t coming because the bakery didn’t exist anymore…while you were dressed in your gown.
It can happen though, especially if you’ve had a long engagement and booked your vendors months (or years) in advance as most brides and grooms do. Just in case, take a look at these tips to avoid a last-minute panic attack on or near your wedding day!
1. Wedding Insurance– There’s insurance for everything these days, and weddings are no exception. Wedding insurance is wise to look into, particularly before you start writing deposit checks and casually handing them over to your suppliers. Make sure your policy covers “failure of suppliers.” Usually, costs like deposits are covered (with certain limitations), and the policy will also offer help to find you a replacement vendor.
2. Get Recommendations– You probably asked for opinions on your fiancé from friends and family, and you should absolutely do the same regarding vendors. Try to remember the aspects of your friends’ weddings you loved–like flowers, the DJ, the cake–and ask who they used. When you have a shortlist of suppliers together, ask to see their portfolio and also inquire about references from other customers. If you’re at all suspect, you can also check with the Better Business Bureau to see if any complaints have been filed against them.
3. Remain Connected– Just because you’ve chosen your photographer and have agreed to work together doesn’t mean you should go radio silent until the big day. Make sure to put in occasional calls with your vendors to check-in. Of course, you shouldn’t call without reason, or it might come across the wrong way. Have a question in mind like, “Would it be helpful to see the venue before our wedding day?” or something general to create a touch point. It’s better to error on the side of annoyance than have a vendor missing on your wedding day.
4. Have a Plan B– If you’re like me, you’d have a Plan B, Plan C and Plan D on your wedding day. Some people aren’t quite so neurotic, but it does pay to have a contingency plan in place just in case. Create a list of alternative companies you’d use for essentials such as the dress, catering, flowers, etc… in case anything goes wrong. And if something does, don’t forget to lean on your friends for help. While it may not be what you envisioned, at least your big day won’t go up in a supplier-less flame.