Many couples wonder why you would pay your vendors in full before your wedding day. It seems unusual – after all if you pay them before the actual wedding day, there’s no incentive for them to do a good job! That’s not necessarily true, there are a few great reasons why this is the preferred (and sometimes, only) payment schedule.
1. Because they do a lot before the wedding
There is so much going on behind the scenes prior to a wedding day. Just to cover any items your vendors need to prepare themselves – flowers need to be ordered and cared for, food needs to be prepared along with any extras like vases and dishes. It’s EXTREMELY bad form for any vendor to walk into a wedding with little to no preparation, even if they’re providing a service and not a product. If your officiant is preparing a custom ceremony, they can’t make it up the night before. Your vendors care a lot about your wedding, that’s probably why they ended up in the profession they’re in!
2. Because it’s less stressful
Your vendors have your best interests at heart. We want your memories of the wedding day to be carefree! No one should be running around on the wedding day trying to pay your vendors and you shouldn’t have any financial stress hanging over you after you come back from your honeymoon!
From a vendor standpoint, it allows us to be fully present in what we’re doing on the day. While you probably don’t want your aunt running around distributing envelopes to vendors, your vendors probably don’t want to be on the receiving end during the wedding day either! If you’re worried about your vendors doing a good job, there are plenty of other reasons than just money that keep your vendors providing top-notch service. I’d be lying if I said reviews don’t matter because reputation is key in allowing your vendors to keep doing what they love year after year. And, of course, your vendors always have to honor their contracts.
If you are unsure about your vendor, maybe they aren’t the right one for you. You could always ask if their timelines are negotiable or work out something that could put your mind at ease!