It’s Your Wedding! Every Question for Planning Your Perfect Day!

Wedding Questions!

It’s your wedding and you want it to be perfect! Perfect comes with a lot of planning and there are A LOT of questions to make it from the proposal to the aisle. I have compiled them all here in one spot to make wedding planning as easy as possible!

Start with:

What is your dream and vision for your wedding?

  • Where? Home or destination?
  • When?
  • Big or small?
  • Simple or extravagant?
  • Budget?
  • What is important to him/her?

Every single detail of your wedding will fall under the categories I have listed below.

  • Venue
  • Catering
  • Photography
  • Officient
  • Music
  • Flowers
  • Miscellaneous Items – including weddingdress, tuxes, bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts, hair, makeup, nails, etc…
  • Honeymoon

Venue Questions

  • What is your availability on (dates you are looking for)?
    • If you are budget concious – ask about off season rates and when they take effect as well as the price difference.
  • We are looking at (number of guests) – what spaces/rooms are available?
    • What does it look or how many guests can be accommodated for a sit down dinner verses a standing reception?
  • Are there multiple events/ weddings in one day?
    • What is the timing of the wedding space that we like?
    • When can set-up start, vendors arrive? What time can we get there?
  • Is there a specific area set aside for the bride to get ready prior to the ceremony?
  • Is there any place for the groom to hang out prior to the wedding ceremony?
  • What time can the ceremony start?
  • When does the reception start?
    • When does the reception have to end?
  • Do you have a list of recommended vendors?
    • Are we required to use them?
  • Do you provide chairs for the ceremony? What do they look like?
  • Do you provide tables and chairs for the reception?
    • If so, what is the size and how many can fit comfortable around the tables?
    • Is linen provided?
  • Do you provide any A/V equipment? Cost?
  • Do you provide any additional decor? Example: votives, mirrors, etc.
  • If you cater on-site – do you offer a tasting?
    • Is there a charge for this?
  • Does your property offer a bar? Can we bring our own alcohol?
    • If we can bring our own alcohol, what is the corkage fee?
  • If the space we like is outdoors, is there a backup space offered for inclement weather?
    • Is there a charge for the backup space?
  • Are we able to host a rehearsal run through the night before the wedding?
    • Will my venue on-site contact be there?
  • We like what we see; can we get an estimate of charges?
    • Make sure to ask your contact to include all taxes and gratuity they charge.
  • If we want to move forward, what does the deposit look like and is it refundable? Just in case!
  • What is the cancellation policy if needed?
  • Who will be my point of contact for this property?
  • Is a wedding planner required for this venue?
  • Do you have any additional pictures I cannot find on the internet of weddings hosted at your property?
  • What do you see most that works well at your property/ do you have any recommendations for us with the information we have provided to you?

Catering Questions

  • Is catering offered by the venue or is outside catering required?
    • If catering not offered by the venue – is there a vendor list?
    • Is the vendor list required to use or can I choose my own?
  • Catering by the venue
    • Do you offer a tasting?
    • What is your most popular menu or menu item?
    • Are there menus I can look at?
    • Can I customize a menu?
  • Catering by an outside vendor?
    • How many people can you cater to?
    • What type of cuisine do you specialize in?
    • What is your most popular menu or menu item?
    • Are there menus I can look at?
    • Can I customize a menu?
    • What does your deposit and payment schedule look like?

Photography Questions

  • How much are your packages and what do they include?
    • How much is the deposit?
    • When is the full balance due?
    • What is your cancellation policy?
    • If you have a strict budget, ask how that might be accommodated if possible.
  • How many hours of photography does your package include?
    • How much is an additional hour? Can it be added spontaneously?
    • What does a typical timeline look like?
  • What is your style of photography?
    • Do you have any examples with you or online I can see?
  • Is the date I’m looking at available for you to shoot my wedding?
  • How long have you been a photographer?
  • Have you shot at “my venue” before?
  • Can I request certain images be taken at my wedding?
  • Will it just be you shooting my wedding or will you be working with a partner?
  • Do you have a pricing list for prints and albums?
  • Do you have liability insurance?
  • How soon after my wedding are the proofs ready and are they online, digital, etc…?
  • If you know ample amounts about cameras and lighting you can ask what equipment the photographer is using and how they adapt to different lighting throughout the course of the wedding.
  • If your photographer is not local – how do they charge to shoot at the wedding destination?
  • Will you be easy to reach on my wedding day if needed?

Florist Questions

  • It is good to contact a florist early on in the wedding planning, but to get the best estimate you will need to know where the ceremony and reception will be hosted and specifics like number of bridesmaids, table count, how large the tables are (round or rectangle), do you want flowers on the cake, are you looking for rose petals down the aisle, do you have a separate cocktail hour, what’s your vision for the ceremony, etc…
  • Make sure you know when and where you are having your ceremony
    • Many florists may know the space and can offer great recommendations.
  • Tell the florist your style and what your hopes are for your wedding flowers.
  • Tell the florist your colors and vision and any specifics to start – this will help the conversation go in the right direction.
  • If you have a budget, tell the florist right away.
    • Ask is they have any recommendations to maximize your budget.
  • Do they have pictures of previous weddings they have worked on?
  • What is the timing of the flower delivery to my specific location?
    • Have they worked with my venue before?
  • What are the seasonal flowers at the time of year I am getting married?
    • Are they easier to get?
    • Are they less expensive?
  • What other decor can you provide (such as mirrors, flower petals, lighting, trees, greenery, arches, candelabras, lanterns, etc…)?
  • Can you work with my cake designer if I chose to have flowers on my cake?
  • What does the deposit look like?
    • When would I need to pay the balance?
    • What is your cancellation policy?
  • How does breakdown happen? When do you come for the flowers?
  • Can you put together an estimate for me on the things we have decided thus far?
  • Do you have liability insurance?
  • Will you be easy to reach on my wedding day if needed?

Officiant Questions

  • As a couple – what is it exactly you are looking for?
    • Are you looking for a religious ceremony?
    • Are there any sayings or bible versus that we definitely want?
    • Something basic?
    • A short ceremony?
    • A long ceremony?
    • What is your vision?
  • What kind of training do you have to be an officiant?
  • Are there any requests that you would ever turn down as an officiant?
  • How much input do we get in the ceremony script?
  • How would you describe your ideal ceremony? Why?
  • What is your rate for the wedding?
    • Do you charge additional for coming to the rehearsal?
    • Do you stay for the duration of the wedding?
    • How early do you show up before the wedding?
  • Let the officiant know where you are getting married and ask if they think they will need a microphone?
  • Do you have any examples of past wedding ceremonies that we’d be able to see/ get inspiration from?
  • After meeting a particular officiant stop to think how you liked them – did you connect?
  • Did he or she seem excited? Do you feel like you can trust them to create a special ceremony for you?

Music Questions

  • Ceremony
    • Are you looking for a simple song played over a speaker?
    • Are you looking for live musician/musicians?
  • Reception
    • Are you thinking a DJ?
    • Are you looking for live musicians/band?
  • Questions for DJ/Musicians
    • Is this your full time job?
    • Are weddings your primary events?
    • Have you worked at (the venue we are getting married at) before?
      • If not, are you available for a site visit?
    • What equipment do you bring?
    • How do you customize the music experience for each wedding you host?
    • How do you get the crowd moving?
    • Do you take requests?
    • Why should I choose you as my wedding DJ/Musicians?
    • What is you cost and what does it include?
      • What does you deposit look like?
      • When is final payment due?
    • How long is your typical wedding?

Miscellaneous Questions

I have already gone through the wedding venue, photographer, officiant, flowers and music. There are so many details within each category, but there are so many more that need your attention that don’t fit into one of these particular categories. Here is a list of items you’ll need to ask yourself. Know that most of these can be optional.

  • The very important wedding dress! Start trying them on – earlier, the better. Most shops need time to order and have it made. You’ll know which dress is the one as soon as you try it on!
  • Wedding shoes – do you want traditional white, a color or a certain style? Tennis shoes? Boots? Heels? Flats? Sandals?
  • Jewelry – you’ll have your new beautiful ring, of course, but do you want any earrings or a necklace or bracelet? Other?
  • Tuxes? Do you have a certain fit or color in mind?
  • Wedding party gifts: bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts
  • Picking out bridesmaid dresses – what style and color? All the same or different?
  • Flower girl and ring bearer outfits – do you want to be involved in picking these out for the little ones?
  • Wedding save the dates and wedding invitations – a must!
  • Hair – look into styles you like or you may already have in mind. Do you want to keep your hair down or have an up-do? Do you have anything specific you’d like to have in your hair? Wear a veil? Flowers? Tiara?
  • Makeup – do you want to do this yourself or have it professionally done?
  • Nails – do you want to do this yourself or have it professionally done? What color?
  • Seating chart – are you looking to have assigned seating or open seating?
  • Bachelorette party – when, where, what are you looking for?
  • Bachelor party – same! When, where, what are you looking for?
  • Bridal shower – do you want a traditional shower with your girlfriends or a co-ed one?
  • Wedding favors – think hard! What is it that you would like to give all your guests as a thank you and parting gift?
  • Bride and groom parting activity – example: throwing rice or rose petals, sparklers, lanterns, etc… Is this something you would even like?
  • Guest book – there are a lot of different options and cool ideas, research and find what you like best! A book? A picture? Large wine bottle?
  • Transportation – for you and your guests if this is needed. Limo? Buses?
  • Guest room favors: if you decide to host a room block at a hotel, do you want to provide welcoming gifts to them upon getting to their room?
  • Thank you notes: Plan this ahead of time to make it that much easier after your wedding happens.

Honeymoon Questions

Your honeymoon should be awesome, fabulous, outstanding, exceptional! It’s a time for just you and your new forever love to have time together, to unwind and have a fun relaxed time before real life starts again! You should make it a time to remember because this time in your life is so important. Make sure it is something that you both will like. It won’t be a vacation to remember if one of you likes to lie on the beach while the other wants a site-seeing adventure. There is a place that suits both the bride and groom, I promise! …but you most likely have commonalities, that’s why you found each other and picking a honeymoon spot will be easy! So, the question is when and where?!

I hope all these questions help and let me know all about your special day!

Read here all about a destination wedding planned in Destin, FL that was nothing short of amazing!

A Destination Wedding on the Emerald Coast of Florida

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Wedding Questions!

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