By the time you get down to looking for your wedding event designer, you will most likely have the key elements like the venue, photographer (most important in our personal opinion 😉 ), catering, etc. Basically, you should have a good idea of where you budget falls. Do you still have what you budgeted for your wedding event designer or did something cut into other things? We would strongly recommend you have an idea of what you want to spend before talking to an event designer. I’m sure your Pinterest board must be full of some gorgeous and lavish ideas, but can your budget handle it?
For our new segment “questions to ask your wedding event designer” we will be featuring Ajooba Events, based out of Modesto CA. Ajooba is creative and innovative and professional full service event production company for any special event! Ajooba means, “One of a kind,” and they assure that your events will be unique, exceptional, memorable, and tailored specifically to exceed your expectations. We are grateful to Tammy Scott of Ajooba Events for sharing her expertise in the field and helping us craft the following questions.
When beginning your search for your wedding event designer, make sure to check their references. You can do this via family and friends who have used them, other vendors that you may have already booked, Yelp and other social media applications. Ask your venue about their experience working the different designers. The venue may already have a preferred vendor list in place. Remember not all designers are the same. Many variables separate them, like creative ability, custom designs, flexibility with changes, knowledge of the different cultures, religions, traditions, trends and most importantly customer service.
A crucial thing to consider is not contacting a designer until you have a date and venue locked in place unless you are looking for a planner to find and secure the venue for you. The reason for this is there is no way a good designer will be able to quote you on decor without knowing the space they have to work in. Many places don’t require a lot of decor where others, like community or convention centers may require quite a bit.
The main questions a good designer will ask:
What is the date or dates of your events?
Where are they located?
How many guests are attending each event?
What are the contracted times that you have each venue? Do those times include the set up and break down of the events?
How many events are you interested in having us provide services for?
What is your budget for each event?
Do you have a theme for your events?
Are you needing full planning, coordination, or just decor for your events? (There is a difference in what these mean)
Is this a multi-cultural celebration?
Does the venue that was booked have a “plan B” area indoors if event is scheduled outdoors and the weather changes?
How did you hear about us?
Do you have all of your other vendors secured?
The main questions to ask an event designer:
How many events or families do you work with at the same time?
Have you covered Indian weddings before? Can you provide a mandap? Do you know the protocols or decorating at a Gurudwara (Sikh temple).
Have you worked in this venue before?
Do I pay for your travel and accommodations?
Does your crew expect to get fed on the job?
What forms of payment do you accept?
Do you have liability insurance and a business license?
Your venue should let you know what type of insurance they require from the vendors who will be working your events.
I want fresh flowers part of my decor, do you provide the floral designs as well or do you have a florist you work with? Do I need to find my own?
How will you convey your final design?
Does the design staff stay throughout the event?
Do you handle rentals? What other services do you provide?
Sometimes a one stop shop for event designing could work out in your benefit economically.
Do you provide lighting (i.e. uplighting) or work with someone who does? Is that something we need to discuss with our Dj or a AVL specialist?
We hope you found this useful, as always leave a comment letting us know. If you have a question you think should be on the list, let us know that as well. Thank you for reading!