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Business of Weddings

Whether you’re just starting out in the business or consider yourself a seasoned wedding pro, this online guide will help you learn the basics or just brush up on wedding business best practices and marketing strategies. Topics covered include pricing, setting up for business, creating a business website and more.

How to Start Out Finding Work in the Wedding Industry

White and purple themed outdoor wedding reception.

If you are just starting out as a wedding vendor or have recently moved to a new area, it may be very beneficial to contact catering managers at area hotels and leave them some promotional materials or a business card. Also consider contacting churches and other places of worship that hold weddings, historic estates, function Read more

What to Include in a Wedding Vendor Contract

Happy couple poses for the camera on a remote island getaway.

While many of the wedding business topics presented on this site can be implemented over time, you MUST be sure to protect yourself on every single job with a signed contract. Anything that’s discussed or promised by phone should be documented in this signed agreement. All times, locations, services to be performed, total price and clauses regarding Read more

Handling Deposits and Balance Payments in the Wedding Industry

Festive wedding reception table with candles.

While payment procedures will vary depending on your area of business, here are some points to consider or keep in mind regarding the wedding industry. First, it is not at all unusual to require a non-refundable deposit. Once a client books your services with a deposit, you are essentially reserving their wedding date/time and must Read more

Getting Paid as a Wedding Vendor

Bride's yellow, white and green bouquet atop the limousine.

No matter what type of service or product you provide, at some point you will need to decide how you will handle accepting payments from clients, whether by cash/checks, credit cards or both. Most brides and grooms will expect to have the option to pay you using either method, so it’s in your best interest Read more

How to Price Your Wedding Services

Bride carries beautiful ivory and pale peach rose bouquet after the wedding ceremony.

Setting up a pricing structure for your services is often difficult for self-employed professionals. At first, you might be tempted to charge right around whatever the going rate is for similar services in your area. But if you do that without regard to your actual costs of doing business, you may be doing yourself a Read more