We get it - choosing vendors can be stressful, and even scary. It's a huge deal - and you want to make sure you're making the right decision. We're here to help.
I want to start off by saying that "the right vendors" looks different to everyone. Who's right for you, may not be right for the next person. So, ALWAYS make sure you feel good about your decision, you hit it off with your vendors, and they live up to your expectations, even early in the process.
There's a TON of vendors to choose from.. including your photographer (I might know one 😉) and videographer, florist, hair and makeup artists, DJ, venue, coordinator, designer and more.. I'm here to give you some advice about choosing the right vendors for YOU.
Ask your friends and family for their recommendations. This is a great way to find vendors who are trustworthy. Of course, not every recommendation will be perfect for you, but it can help narrow down your list.
Ask other vendors for recommendations. Vendors will give you honest opinions and recs based on working with vendors before, their ability to be reliable, and obviously how well they work with their clients.
Ask your venue if they have any preferred vendors. Preferred vendors are familiar with the space, staff and are usually a pleasure to work with in terms of the venue.
Do your research! Check Google for reviews and honest opinions about what their clients think it's like to work with them. Their website can tell you A LOT. Look for pricing information and the processes they have in place. Social media and an online presence is a great way to see their work and a glimpse into their lives and personalities.
If you see a wedding on social media, check the photo or caption for tagged vendors. If you like the style, why not check?!
ALWAYS schedule a consultation. It's important to see if you get along and vibe with each other. You can also ask any questions about their processes, and contracts.
When choosing a venue, think about what's most important to you. That could mean a suite to get ready in, lodging nearby if friends and family will be traveling, wether outdoor space is important to you (for a ceremony, photos or the whole day), and what the options are for an indoor space (weather can be a factor). Also, always ask what's included! Some venues have you bring in all vendors!
The biggest piece of advice I would give to all couples planning their wedding is to find vendors that they trust, answer their communications in a timely manner, and are up front about everything. Hire vendors that make you feel good about their work, and your wedding.
And of course, remember this day is about YOU. Choose the vendors who will bring your vision to life. And always remember to ask for help!
If any of these vendors catch your eye, check out our wedding blog posts. All vendors are credited at the bottom of the post!
Until next time, live creatively friends.