Coordinating and working with vendors can be difficult, especially when you have not done it before. Here are a few tips to making your experience easy and help guide you to the best vendors for you.
- Do Your Research
You have to start somewhere and for most brides its Googling while you are at work (don’t worry I’m not telling). Look through each vendor’s website, Facebook Page, testimonials and anything else you come across. Do you see any red flags? Are their sites up to date? Do their examples resonate with you? If so then request a quote.
- Ask for Referrals
Have your friends or family members recently been married or in a wedding party? Use them to find vendors. They will be honest about their experience with you. They may know someone else that is a photographer or make-up artist that will be a better fit for you.
- Book Early (and don’t ask for discounts)
When you find a vendor that you know you want to work with, book them. It may be a year in advance but that’s ok. It’s better to pay your initial payment or deposit and know that the details can be worked out in the future than wait and find out they have booked up and you can no longer go with them. AND seriously, don’t ask for discounts. For many of your vendors, this is their livelihood. Trust me, it is quite possible that they don’t make nearly as much as you or as you think they do. Many are self-employed and just trying to make it by doing what they love. Many of their prices are the best they can do already. You wouldn’t ask your dentist or the lady giving you your Starbucks to give you a discount, why do it to your vendors?
- Trust Your Gut
This is the most important. If you notice red flags or just get a weird feeling, get out immediately. It’s not worth the stress or risk to stick with a vendor that you just don’t think is the right fit. Your vendors are there to make your day as stress-free as possible. They should understand your vision and work in a manner that makes you comfortable. Trust yourself. Don’t second guess any decisions.
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