Q: How do I find the right wedding vendors for me?
For many couples, this is can be one of the most stressful parts of planning a wedding. There are so many different wedding vendors out there, that you don’t even know where to begin. And if you do start looking into different vendors, it all gets very overwhelming very quickly. A million questions go through your head: How can I trust this person? How do I know if they are any good? Are they nice? Will they work with me, my style and my budget?
I understand it’s hard to know for sure, but you have to go about finding your wedding vendors the same way you would with hiring any professional whether it be a plumber, contractor, or accountant. You have an idea of your budget and what you want and then do some research. A great place to start looking is at wedding blogs that you particularly enjoy. Most blogs will have a recommended wedding vendor list you can peruse along with credits from the real weddings they feature.
Once you find some wedding vendors you like, take a look at each vendor’s website. You should be able to get a feel for their personality, their style and their philosophy. If you like what you see, then check out their reviews. With lots of sites doing reviews, like Yelp and WeddingWire, you can check out a person’s reputation.
If their reviews are good, then reach out to them. Find out if they are available and then set up a time to meet. In person or over the phone meetings are priceless. Like meeting anyone for the first time, you’ll immediately get a feeling for who they are, if you like them and whether you could work with them. You’ll want to ask them questions about their background, their work, and how they work to get to know them and their business. If you have any upfront concerns, ask them about it and see what their answers are.
Then see how you feel. Many times your decision will come down to personality. In the wedding industry, we are small businesses, so essentially we are our business. The right person for you isn’t the right person for the next couple. After you’ve done all the research, in the end it’s about what feels right for you. Trust your gut, you’ll know which vendor is right for you.
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