By Published On: July 25, 2022Categories: WeddingComments Off on Wedding Vendors: How You Know You Found “The One”Tags: , ,

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! As you plan for your big day, you will quickly realize the importance of selecting the right vendors. After all, they will be helping to make your big day perfect! But keep in mind that just an amazing vendor can enhance your day, so also a disreputable vendor can easily ruin it. This is why it is critical that you take the time to vet your vendors before signing any contracts.

So, how can you be sure that vendors are qualified and reputable? One of the most important things to do is vet their licenses! For most professional vendors in Pennsylvania – from caterers to makeup artists – a license is required to operate, and not having one is a good indicator that they are not reputable.

In this guide by Weddings of Pittsburgh, we will explain what licenses are required for different types of vendors and why it is so important to check them out first.

Examples of Professional Licenses

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These are just some examples of the types of licenses and protections that professional vendors should have:

  • Cosmetology license
  • Catering license
  • Wedding planner license
  • Officiant license
  • Liquor license
  • Reseller license (rentals)

While not every vendor will have all of these licenses, it is important to at least verify that they have the ones necessary for their services. For example, if you are hiring a makeup artist, you will want to confirm that they have a cosmetology license. Additionally, some venues may require that your vendors carry specific types of insurance. For instance, many banquet halls require that caterers be insured in case of any accidents or damage.

When Does a Vendor Need a License?

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In Pennsylvania, most vendors need a license if they are:

  • Providing professional services, such as hair styling or makeup application
  • Serving food and drinks
  • Renting out equipment or other wedding supplies
  • Performing ceremonies, such as officiating a wedding

If you are uncertain if a vendor needs a license, it never hurts to do some research! The Pennsylvania Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs is a great resource for finding out if a vendor needs to be licensed in the state. If you are working with a wedding or event planner, they should also be able to provide you with a list of licensed vendors in the area and offer insight.

How to Verify a Vendor’s License

You can ask to see a vendor’s license at any time. If they are unable to provide you with one, that is usually a red flag that they are not legitimate. You can also verify a vendor’s license by checking with the state licensing board or agency.

For example, the Pennsylvania State Board of Cosmetology licenses and regulates cosmetologists, nail technicians, estheticians, and barbers in the state. To verify that your makeup artist is licensed, you can search for their name on the Board’s website.

Vendor Insurance

Most wedding venues will require vendors to have insurance for liability purposes. This protects both the vendor and the venue in case of any accidents that may occur during the event. For example, if a catering company is setting up hot food and someone gets burned, their insurance will cover any damages.

It is important to ask vendors about their insurance coverage before hiring them. You should also make sure that their policy covers your specific wedding date and location. In most cases, insurance isn’t optional – it’s the law!

Why Do Licenses Matter?

There are a few key reasons why it is so important to vet your vendors’ licenses:

  1. It ensures they are qualified to do the job. A professional license is proof that a vendor has the training and experience needed to do their job well.
  2. It protects you. Imagine a makeup artists applying your makeup on your big day only to get a nasty infection from dirty brushes. If they don’t have a cosmetology license, you may have trouble getting compensated for any damages!
  3. It protects your guests. For example, if you hire an unlicensed caterer and someone gets food poisoning, you could be held liable. In short, licenses matter because they protect both you and your guests from any potential problems that could occur on your big day.
  4. It can save you money. Taking a risk on an unlicensed vendor can end up costing you more money in the long run if something goes wrong. You heard that right – you could be on the hook for damages if you hire an unlicensed vendor without insurance!

Save Yourself the Stress of Vetting Vendors by Working with Weddings of Pittsburgh!

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My team and I have years of experience in the wedding industry, and we only work with vendors that we know and trust. We will handle all the legwork of vetting vendors so that you can focus on enjoying your engagement and your big day!

We can’t emphasize enough how important is is to only work with the professionals. I have heard my fair share of horror stories from brides whose wedding day was ruined by an unprofessional vendor. That crisis can be easily averted by working with a qualified wedding planning team.

If you’re ready to start planning your dream wedding, contact us today to schedule a consultation. We are available by phone during standard business hours at 724-968-7135 or you can book online. We can’t wait to make magic happen for you!


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