The other day, I was on Instagram as many of us are. I was scrolling through my feed and came across a fellow destination wedding vendor’s post. It was of this super fun destination wedding ceremony. And in the comment, they shared the story behind the photo.
This couple had wanted to do something fun and different for their ceremony. And their idea was to get married in the ocean. When they posed the idea to their wedding planner, the planner said no. They said it wasn’t possible and the couple was bummed.
Then they shared the idea with their photographers, who were super excited about the idea. Their photographers encouraged them to go for it. In the end, they ended up doing it and it was the best thing ever.
Now, I know the photographer’s post was meant to share this cool ceremony and how they were a part of it. But, the biggest standout of that story to me, was the wedding planner who said no. And I just couldn’t forget it and had to share it with you. Because there is a big lesson to be learned from this story and the many other similar stories.
And that lesson is: Choose wedding vendors that fit with who you are and what you’re looking to create.
You don’t have to have set ideas on what you want. But, you know who you are. And if you’ve created your wedding foundation, you know what’s important to you. And you want vendors who are a good match for you. Whatever that is.
If you’re looking to create a unique, non-traditional wedding, you want to hire vendors who support that. If you want a black tie, elegant, glamourous affair you want to hire vendors who do that.
No matter what you’re looking for you need to find and hire the right wedding vendors for you. So, how do you do that? There are 3 parts to finding the right wedding vendor fit.
3 parts to finding the right wedding vendor fit
Part 1 – Services
This is the least heart-centric of the 3 parts, but it’s important and plays a part in the fit. The services the wedding vendor provides has to fit your needs. And part of the services is not only what they provide, but the investment. Both of these has to match your budget and your wedding. So, as you’re assessing wedding vendors, make sure this portion fits your needs.
(Photo credit: Christie Pham Photography)
Part 2 – Style
This part is about finding a fit between your style and the wedding vendor’s style. What this means is that you want to be on the same wavelength. So, when you’re looking at a vendor’s work and talking to them, you want to understand what they do well. And then assess whether that fits with what you want and what you like.
*Pro Tip – Don’t just go off of photos. They are are a good starting point, but not the whole picture (pun intended). You’ll want to talk to the vendors as well to get a full understanding.
(Photo credit: What a Day! Photography)
Part 3 – Personality
This last part is the most heart-centric and many times is based purely on instinct. You want to see if you gel with them and if you like them. You want to feel like you connect with them. This usually boils down to a feeling you get when you talk to the wedding vendor. Do you feel comfortable and excited? Or just eh? Or not on the same page? It’s like finding your fiancé. Trust your gut and your heart. It’s usually right.
(Photo credit: Jerry Yoon Photographers)
I cannot stress how important it is to find the right wedding vendor fit for you and your wedding. It will make a ton of difference in how easy or hard your planning is. And as in my story, also how your wedding day turns out. Without their photographers, that couple may never have had the wedding they really wanted.
Plan your wedding intentionally and hire vendors that make sense for you. Don’t worry about what others think or what your friends have done. Do what is right for you and you’ll find the right fit.
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