Q: I’ve got my wedding date and now I’m starting to look at all the other things I’ll need like a photographer, florist, DJ, etc… and I’m wondering where do I begin? How do I find good wedding vendors?
For many couples, this is one of the most stressful parts of planning a wedding. There are so many options out there, that you don’t even know where to start. 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’m going to be honest with you, you are never really going to know for sure. There really isn’t any way to guarantee that they are good, will treat you well and give you exactly what you want (unless you know them personally). But, don’t be discouraged! You need to understand that finding your wedding vendors is just like how you would hire any other professional whether it be a plumber, doctor, or accountant. It’s even the same with trying a new restaurant or a beauty product. You never really know how good they are/it is until you use them. It will be the same with your wedding vendors, but there are places that will help your odds and give you a better shot of finding a good vendor. Here are 5 ways to find good wedding vendors:
1. Look at wedding blogs that you particularly enjoy. Most blogs will have a recommended vendor list you can check out along with credits from the real weddings they feature. While the vendor list is a paid listing, the vendors who are aligning themselves with this particular blog are going to be ones who have a particular style that fits with that blog. If the blog is a place you connect with, there is a good chance that you’ll connect with those vendors too (or, at least, some of them).
2. Ask your venue or the vendors you’ve already hired for recommendations. All venues will have a recommended vendor list and all vendors will have other vendors that they particularly like. Tap into this resource and check out who they recommend. Their recommendations may not always be the best fit for you, but it will give you somewhere to start. One bit of caution regarding venue recommendations, sometimes these lists aren’t very up to date, so keep that in mind as you look at it.
3. Ask your friends/family for recommendations. The people you love and trust will only share vendors they believe are good (whether they’ve used them or not). They have your best interests at heart, so their recommendations come with a huge level of trust.
4. Check out review sites like Yelp. Hey, you use reviews to find other things like a dry cleaner to a restaurant, why not for your wedding vendors? Review sites are a good place to check out if the other avenues aren’t quite panning out. It will also give you an idea of what others think of these vendors as well.
5. Hire a wedding planner. For the most personalized recommendations, it’s always best to work with a wedding planner. They’ll know how to find you the right vendors who are pros that fit your needs, style and budget. It will be easy and you won’t have to do any research on your end. And of course, if you want to go this route, you can contact us as we’re always happy to help.