Contracts, Contracts, Contracts!
You've found the perfect photographer, a swinging band, and a florist whose arrangements make you swoon. You may think you've got every detail for your dream day all buttoned up, but you're not quite there! Do you have a signed contract?
Even though you may have discussed your details multiple times over the phone or via email, be sure to get a signed contract from each of your vendors. Typically, a vendor will ask for your signature first, and will return a countersigned contract to you to hold the date. If your vendor has not returned the countersigned contract, don't hesitate to ask for it two or three times if necessary.
Remember: No matter how gorgeous the florals are, nothing really counts until you have received back a counter-signed contract binding you and your vendor.