It’s no secret that planning a wedding can be stressful especially in choosing all the necessary vendors for the big day. There are numerous factors that go into deciding the perfect vendor….your style, your personality and most importantly your budget. You should always do your research plus have your budget in mind before talking to any vendors to make sure you are not wasting your time. The number one tip I tell my clients is to always prioritize your wants versus your needs. If you are obsessed with a certain Photographer, then maybe cut back on Cinematography, Décor, or some else lower on the list. This way you can still get what you want and stay within your ideal budget.
The next tip would be to have a consultation call with the vendor to make sure your style matches their personality. Use social media as your tool to check out the most recent events that the vendors have done. Also feel free to ask vendors for their most recent portfolio. Many of them already have standard portfolio available for clients to browse through.
The next tip would be to always ask for reference. Feel free to ask the vendor if there are any past clients that you can reach out to get feedback from as well. Every reference in wedding industry is based on word of mouth so this would be the best way to get to know the vendors before you even sign the contract. Once all the research and prep works are done, it is time for you to meet your top vendors in person. Make sure to ask yourself if this vendor can bring your vision to life? How are their time management skills? Do they take multiple events on the same day? Do they match your personality?
Now it is time for you to sign the contract with the vendor of your choice. Make sure to look through everything before signing the contract. Look for key items like additional cost, late fees, location and day of the wedding. Make sure to have any additional details in writing so that everyone is on the same page when the day of the wedding comes. Make sure to make copies of all the signed contracts for your record as well. Keep a calendar for all the remaining payment so that you are not charged a late fee.
Hopefully with these tips in place, you are less stressed about choosing the perfect vendor for your fairytale wedding. The most important thing to remember is to have fun and enjoy your wedding with your family and friends!!!!