Finding the right wedding vendor for you can be challenging, but certainly not impossible! Though it can be a feat, finding the perfect vendor can mean a wedding day full of enjoyment, happiness and most importantly, NO stress. Here are a few great tips that offer a place to begin looking for and assessing potential suppliers for your wedding.
1) Ask for recommendations from friends, but take them lightly. While they may have found the perfect photographer, caterer, DJ and florist for their big day, it doesn’t necessarily mean that same vendor or supplier will work for you. If you happen to like what the vendor has to offer, then the fact that your close friend or family member likes them too is a huge bonus.
2) In addition to liking your vendor’s portfolio, its essential that you get along with them on a personal level. Pick vendors who you think will fit nicely into the culture of your family, that will make a world of a difference on your day. If your vendors, especially your photographer and cinematographer, get along with your family and friends then you’re golden. Some people are undeniably more reserved than others, but if your vendors are outgoing then your guests–as well as yourself–are sure to have a great time around them and feel comfortable.
3) Look for impartial testimonials and reviews. Although its great that a lot of vendors provide testimonials directly on their websites, its often filtered by them. Social media and sites like WeddingWire are a great way to see what people are saying about your vendors. Try to figure out WHY they liked them, that’ll give you a good idea about what they can offer you.
4) Avoid vendors who offer to take off tax if you pay in cash. If you have a vendor offering to do this, even if you want to save a few bucks, it is not a good idea. Essentially this means your vendor plans to not pay their taxes to the government, therefore making the transaction illegal. You want to deal with vendors who are honest in their business practices so you know that you can trust them to stay true to the contract that you sign and not try to pull any fast ones on you.
5) Take a deep breath and be thorough. It can be overwhelming picking vendors and its tempting to just rush through it. But time spent now digging through testimonials, visiting websites and meeting with vendors will be time spent enjoying your wedding day later. You don’t want to have any regrets, so its worth it to invest the time now and ensure your saying your I dos is as stress free as possible.
For more tips check out this article on Martha Stewart Weddings about picking vendors.