Photography by Arielle Valenzuela
If you are anything like me, your wedding is the ONE day you get to make everything about you...well you and your fiancee right. LoL This means you are all about making sure all the details are perfect and your day goes smoothly. Unfortunately, this can only be achieved by hiring the best of the best. Yes, I know wedding professionals come a dime or dozen in this day in age. So this means you have to be really selective when choosing the right vendors to meet your needs.
Here are the top three things to do when looking for wedding vendors:
--Determine a budget for each vendor category. Of course this requires a little research, but it will ultimately save you time and money in the long run. Believe me, there is nothing worse than setting your heart on a specific vendor only to find out you can’t afford them. Sometimes you can afford them, but it will completely blow your budget.
Ask yourself these questions: What things are important to me? What can I splurge on? What things are nice to have if we have extra money? What vendors have a significant impact on my big day?
For some, it’s photography and for others it’s flowers. And then there are some who care more about their guests experience so they focus on ensuring the food and deejay is point.
--Choose vendors based on order of importance. If you are still not sure where to start ask yourself these questions: What vendor(s) am I most worried about booking? What vendor(s) am I least worried about booking? What can I quickly cross off my list? Who are my dream vendors? Is my wedding date flexible?
Normally the venue is chosen first based on a few things such as your date, guest count, and availability. Also, consider making a list of things you want out of your venue in order to narrow down the list.
Planners or coordinators are often chosen once you realize the amount of work that goes into planning a wedding. Yep, it’s a lot more than you think...it's logistics, order of events, and sometimes design. Planners play a significant role because they can help alleviate stress.
Other vendors that are booked early on include photographers, dress boutiques, stationers, etc simply because of the production time.
--Create list of top three to five vendors for each category. Use the free resources (WeddingWire, The Knot, Munaluchi Bride, etc) to find the vendors in the area.
Take breaks when researching so that you do not get overwhelmed with this daunting task. This is REALLY important if you are an avid researcher that has to look at their website, social media presence on all platforms, and read reviews. Choosing your favorites will keep you from losing your mind.
Also remember that thing called “word of mouth?” This can be just as powerful and helpful as research. Ask your friends and family who they recommend, especially if they have worked with the vendor firsthand.
Not to mention, venues and/or planners are great resources for other wedding professionals. Most of them have preferred vendor lists with qualified vendors they can vouch for.
Now that you have a few practical tips to get started...relax and enjoy your engagement. Then go get lost in the rabbit whole we call Pinterest!
Need more help with choosing the best vendors for your big day? Download my free vendor workbook to help you stay organized and determine the best vendors for you!