Wedding Insights

Its always a good idea to be informed and ready with specific questions related to you and your vision for your wedding day. I have put together a small list of things to consider when inquiring with particular vendors about their services and ultimately deciding to add them to your Wedding Team. These are just suggestions and always remember that all of your questions are important. One very important question to ask all of your potential vendors is references. You can ask to have the contact information for their last three customers. If you just ask them for references, they will most likely give you names of three customers who were most satisfied. When checking references ask if the vendor delivered the service professionally and on time. Ask if they were pleased with the vendor’s overall performance.


Ceremony Location & Venue

  • How many events can they have at one given time?
  • Will someone from the venue be onsite the day of your event?
  • Are there any hidden charges? (corkage, cake cutting, etc.)
  • Are there any limitations? (parking, extra time, sound, alcohol, etc.)
  • What are the rules and time regulations for decorating?
  • Will security be required or provided?
  • Are there enough restrooms?
  • If having an outside ceremony, what is the rain back up plan?


Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza

Pinecroft at Crosley Estate

Richwood Plantation

Anderson Center

Miami Boat Club

The Carnegie Center of Columbia Tesculum

Newport Aquarium

Unity of Garden Park

Saint Peter in Chains

Isaac M. Wise Temple

Hauck Mansion



  • What licensing is required and is their licensing current?
  • Is attending the rehearsal an additional fee?
  • Do they charge a travel fee?
  • Will you have creative permission to personalize your ceremony?


Reverend Kathy Engelhardt

Reverend Sandy Malloy

Stephen L J Hoffman

Bill Proud



  • Ask to see their portfolio.
  • Are they a wedding specialist?
  • When will they arrive? Is there a delivery fee?
  • Do they include a toss bouquet?
  • Will they transport flowers from the ceremony location to the reception?
  • How many events will they do on your wedding day?


Ford-Ellington Wedding Design

Marti’s Floral Designs

The Tulip Tree Floral Design

Timothy’s Floral


Musicians / DJ

  • Ceremony / Will they attend the rehearsal? Is there an additional fee?
  • What will their attire be? Do you have a choice of attire?
  • How much space will they need? Electrical needs? Other set up needs?
  • How long do they need for set up?
  • How long are the set breaks?
  • What meals are required?
  • What are the overtime fees? Can that be decided the evening of your event?


Leroy Ellington and the E Funk Band


A Steve Bender Production

DJ Toad

Music by Request DJ Butlers

Kentucky Timbre

McFadden Music

Hey! Mr. DJ



Photographers / Videographers

  • What is their style?
  • Ask to see their portfolio.
  • Will they be working with an assistant(s)?
  • Who keeps and owns the master images / video?
  • What timeframe can you expect after the event is over to obtain the pictures / video?
  • Will your photos/video be available online?


Christina Littleton Photography

Life in Balance Photography

Laura Leppart Photography

StephKeller Photography

Studio Z Films

Toy Box Productions

Lifetime Films

Studio 213 Films



  • Do their prices include china, glassware and other service pieces? Is there a choice of color and style?
  • What color, style and pattern options are there for linens?
  • How do they present the food? Will there be an extra charge to decorate food displays?
  • What will the staff to guest ratio be? How is the staff trained?
  • Will there be extra charges for pouring champagne / cake cutting?
  • Are non-alcoholic beverages included? Decaf coffee and tea?
  • What happens to the left over food?
  • How is the food kept hot/cold?
  • What will the staff’s attire be? Do you have a choice?
  • Are they familiar with the venue you have chosen?


Funky’s Catering

Eat Well Celebrations and Feasts

McHale’s Events and Catering

At Your Service Catering

Village Pantry Catering

Vonderhaar Catering



  • Ask to see their portfolio.
  • Are they familiar with the venue you have chosen?


Goodwin Lighting

Vincent Lighting Systems



  • How many units are in their fleet?
  • What happens if a vehicle breaks down?
  • What will the driver be wearing?
  • Do they stay with the vehicle at all times?
  • What is their policy about smoking in the vehicle?
  • What is the minimum number of hours? What are their wait times and overtime charges?
  • Are refreshments included? If so, what are they?


Limousine Cincinnati

A Savannah Nite


Executive Transportation

Student First


Hair and Make Up




Eye Do Make Up and Hair Design

Chenese Bean

Blink Makeup Studio

Massage / Meridith Campbell LMT


Wedding Attire


Bridal and Formal

European Bridal

Donna Salyers’ Fabulous -Bridal





Five Dot Design

Cincinnati By Design