Don't allow your clients beat around the bush with their budget. Your client's budget shouldn't be a secret, so that you don't propose something that is way out of their price range, because this can be aggravating and become a waste of time.
You should also be able give suggestions on how proposed clients can use your services while staying within their budget, or simply tell if the two of you aren't a good match and make helpful suggestions on another vendor who can help them out.
Every wedding vendor who have never thought it wise to draw up a comprehensive contract containing their terms and conditions for the service they render will always have to bear the blame whenever anything goes wrong with a client or on a client's job.
Do you have your clients see your terms and conditions for cancellation, for bookings or for damages incurred during their ceremony?
As an MC, NEVER and I say NEVER be caught fighting for food. In as much as it is important for you to get some food and drinks, you must realize that you were paid to render a service that didn't include you eating or drinking. So, if you get food, fine, and if you don't, move on and do your job properly.
Unless your terms and conditions duly singed by your clients states that they should expect a fight if you didn't get food, don't be caught in the act.
Evi Greene is a professional photographer and an event /wedding planner and coordinator.