How to Make Your Wedding Vendor Relationships Work

Wedding Planning Tips by Destination Wedding Planner, Mango Muse Events

Wedding Planning Tip: Trust is the only way to a successful relationship with your wedding vendors

Today I want to talk about wedding vendor relationships.  For all the brides and grooms (and even fellow vendors) out there, I have one word for you, trust.  Trust is only way to make the your wedding vendor relationships work.  Yes, communication, customer service, and style are all important to a good working relationship, but in the end, it comes down to trust.  Like hiring any professional in any field, the only way the end product or service will come out well is if you trust them to do their job.  This, of course, does not excuse you from still having to do your research and hire actual professionals.  But, once you hire someone you like with a good reputation, you need to trust them.

Yes, communication, customer service, and style are all important to a good working relationship, but in the end, it comes down to trust.  Like hiring any professional in any field, the only way the end product or service will come out well is if you trust them to do their job.  This, of course, does not excuse you from still having to do your research and hire actual professionals.  But, once you hire someone you like with a good reputation, you need to trust them.  Of course, you should take the time to discuss with them what you want and come to an understanding, but after that point, you need to let them do their job.  I see you nodding your head and thinking “duh”, but let me give you an example.

There are couples who will constantly change their mind when it comes to their flowers.  One day they want it this vase, the next day they want it in a different vase with a different style, the next day they are considering something else and the next day they will go back to the first option.  They will go back and forth on the look and will say, “what about this?” or “maybe we should go with that”.  Does this sound like you?  It’s okay to change your mind, but there comes a point when you just need to leave it in the hands of the professional.  You’ve provided them with the information and feedback and need to trust that they will create something that fits with what you are looking for.  You hired them because you liked their work, so trust them to do their job.   If you are working with say a plumber or a dentist, would you be questioning what had been agreed upon after having that discussion?  No, most likely not.

Somehow with weddings, brides and grooms tend to lose sight of the fact that their wedding vendors are professionals. We do this for a living, this is our art.  Weddings are emotional so it can be hard to think straight, but in order for your wedding vendor to be able to do the work you hired them to do, you need to trust them.  As with any relationship you have with your fiancé, your parents, your coworkers, there has to be trust in order for it to be a happy relationship.  It’s the same with wedding vendors, you need to trust them because, without it, neither of you will be happy.  And if you don’t have that trust, then you shouldn’t be working with them at all.

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