Credit: Rachel J Photography
It is a common misconception that using a family member/friend to take care of a vendor’s job and will save you time and money. The opposite is usually true.
“If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.”– Red Adair
When it comes to Photography, Coordination, Hair, Makeup, Cake, Reception Music, and Food it is in your best interest to avoid using family. I don’t want to say that your family is not capable but there are several risks associated with DIY when it comes to items like cake and food. When it comes to weddings there is a lot at stake and a lot of pressure and stress and this causes people to do things they may not normally do.
Here are a few reasons you should hire a professional vendor:
1. Insurance. Professionals have insurance incase something goes wrong or someone is hurt (as a result of that vendor), family members/friends do not have any insurance (home insurance does not cover this). Don’t assume that none of your guests would sue a family member or even the bride and groom. It is sad, but it has happened.
2. Accountability. Professionals have a name to keep up so they are going to do everything and anything to help you, if you are a friend or cousin they may feel like you can wait for your photos or won’t mind if they just substitute.
3. Professional Equipment. There is a massive difference between a professional photographer’s equipment and your Uncle Bob’s DSL camera. Sure he takes great scenic photos, but how many weddings has he done. Has he organized 80-300 people at once, or been able to keep on schedule. Does he have back up equipment and back up locations? Does he have a contract? The same can be said for providing food for 300 people, maybe the provide great home made dinners but coordinating and timing food for 300 people is not the same as it would be for 40 people.
4. Licenses. If the Health Department hasn’t certified your aunt’s kitchen, there is a huge risk in serving people food from that kitchen. Professionals also know what licences they may need, like liquor licenses and insurance.
5. Knowledge. When you do 15-40 weddings a year you tend to learn a few things. This knowledge gained is not replaceable by education or age. When you are behind the scenes at a wedding you are able to see what things go wrong and how to fix them, or remember it for next time so you are prepared.