Without a doubt finding your vendor dream team is the key to pulling off your dream wedding. Truthfully, there is so much more to consider besides the cost of the services. Obviously it’s important to stay within your budget. But there are other factors to finding your perfect vendor that should be considered. These factors include:
- Style of work produced. Not all output is the same. Each vendor, no matter their category, will have a certain style of work. Take photography for example. Some photographers specialize in a light and airy feel while others produce more moody and emotional work. Additionally some shoot film while others shoot digital and each produces a different outcome. Really think about how you want each element of your wedding to look and feel then define it. This way when you’re looking at vendors you’ll know that the work he or she produces will be an outcome that you are satisfied with.
- Vendor personality. This is a huge factor and you won’t know until you actually meet with a vendor. But, if you’re a type A personality that likes to have all your ducks in a row, a laid back vendor that works on a loose timeline may not be the best fit for you. And that goes the other way too. If you’re laid back, working with a type A vendor will make your planning experience a little less enjoyable. While you can’t make each vendor take a personality test, asking key questions about their process and business standards will give you an idea.
- Work flow. This is similar to personality. But, each vendor has a work flow. This means that from your initial contact to your wedding day, the experience will vary by vendor. Even vendors in the same category will operate differently. You’ll want to be sure that your comfortable with the vendors work flow so there aren’t any conflicts down the road.
- Your gut. Finally, trust your gut. Just like when you found your fiancé and your dress, you’ll know when you’ve found the right vendor for you.
But, now that you know what to look for, how do you actually find your dream vendors? Here are some tips for ensuring you find your dream team.
- Look beyond Google and website vendor listings. While this is a good place to start, don’t rely solely on a Google search or a wedding website vendor guide to find your vendors. Typically there are tons of other potential options in your area that just don’t show up on page one or two of your search.
- Referrals are important, but not everything. While it’s important to read testimonials on a vendors website or ask for recommendations from friends and family, it’s not everything. While one vendor may have been the perfect match for your best friend, it doesn’t mean that same vendor will be a good fit for you. Definitely don’t ignore the advice you get but be open to others that don’t come with a personal recommendation.
- Search social media. Now, more than ever, wedding vendors are willing to travel, and occasionally (but not always) with no additional charge. This is especially true if your wedding is in an area where they are looking to expand. Search hashtags on sites like Instagram. Or, click through on images you love on Pinterest to see who actually created it. You may find a calligrapher in California or a planner in Florida that are in budget and meet all of the above listed criteria. The one exception to this is catering. Most states have very strict commercial food preparation laws. This makes it hard for a caterer to travel from one city or state to another to prepare food for a wedding.
- Talk to vendors you’ve already booked. Let’s say you’ve already booked your florist. Ask your florist for recommendations for other vendors they work with frequently. Typically, each vendor will recommend other vendors that have a similar style and work ethic. Chances are, if you’ve found the perfect florist, the others they recommend will be good fits for you as well.
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