How to Choose the Perfect Wedding Vendors

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The planning process for a wedding is no joke. Everything must be organized and planned, sometimes over a year in advance. Furthermore, there are so many options to choose from when it comes to the vendors you book that it can be hard to decide exactly which ones will be a good fit for your vision, not to mention your budget. 

If you find yourself becoming more and more stressed out at the thought of booking your wedding vendors, here are a few steps to take in order to help you find the right people to help make your day perfect.

Make Your Shortlist 

The first step to finding your perfect wedding vendors is to create a shortlist. Don’t try to tackle every category all at once, and instead focus on one aspect of the day at a time. For example, start by researching venue options. Make a list of places that fit your price point and that are in the location you have in mind for your wedding. Take the time to read as many reviews as you can on wedding websites. Once you have a good list of possible venues, you can move on to catering companies.

By listing the different aspects of the day out this way when you are doing your initial research, you can avoid feeling overwhelmed by everything you have to consider. You might find that certain venues have partnerships with other vendors. While you will still want to vet the vendors yourself, those partnerships generally exist as a result of good working relationships between the companies. You might even land some cost savings when you book vendors with existing relationships.

Meet Potential Vendors in Person

Once you have your shortlist drawn up, it is time to make appointments to meet with potential vendors. It is always preferable to meet with these professionals in person so that you can get the best insight into their processes and abilities as possible. After all, these are the people who will be contributing to the biggest day of your life. 

You want vendors who are passionate about what they do. For instance, Maggie Rife Ponce has known that she wanted to pursue photography since she was young. This would obviously make for a more promising wedding photographer than someone who has been contracted out by a large studio for some part-time work.  

Stay in Touch Before the Wedding

After you have selected and booked your vendors, it is important to keep in touch with them in the lead-up to the big day. This is important because while you only have one wedding day, your vendors are working all year long. You want to make sure that the details of your day don’t get lost in the shuffle. 

Furthermore, if changes need to be made for any reason, you want to be made aware as soon as possible. Be honest with your vendors about your vision and timeline so that everything can be done efficiently.

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