So, we’ve chatted a little bit about DIY weddings, and so today I wanted to take a minute to introduce you to – The Jobbyist. The jobbyist has a hobby. All the jobbyist’s friends tell him that he’s awesome. So they start to think about baking/photography/floral design/DJing/wedding planning as a way to pick up a little cash. They launch their Facebook page that all of their friends “like”. Then the jobbyist gets a website, and some of them are pretty sexy, because the jobbyist has a lot of time to work on it, since he’s not terribly busy making cake/arranging flowers/ shooting pictures etc.
The jobbyist is fun to hire!! They’re super enthusiastic, and oh, by the way, their prices seem amazing.
But here’s the thing, the jobbyist may or may not have the slightest clue what they’re doing. Look closely. Are all the wedding planner jobbyist’s pictures from 1 or 2 weddings? Have you looked up their online reviews? Everybody has a couple of friends and family who will say nice things about them.
To make sure your wedding professional is truly professional, check out a few things:
1- Online reviews- 100 reviews with a 4 star average is a better bet than 4 5 star reviews.
2- Check the Secretary of State’s website. Businesses with Tax ID’s, insurance and all their licensing in place are usually registered as an LLC partnership or S-corporation.
3-Referrals/Media- Your wedding venue and magazines like Southern Bride and Groom are a great place to start. A venue won’t want the liability of an uninsured amateur on the premises, and industry magazines always want the best of the best in their glossy pages.
In North Carolina, there are a lot of great wedding vendors who work out of a home office, so that’s not, by itself, something to worry about, but before you sign on for a “too-good-to-be-true” price for wedding services, do a little homework, and you’ll save a lot of heartbreak!
Happy Wedding Season!