Wedding 101: Vendor Tips

We all know that weddings are a big money business. There is a joke that if you add the word ‘Wedding’ to anything, just add two zeros on the end. I would love to tell you that this is nonsense….but it’s not!! I have spoken to some people who were quoted for the exact same flowers we had for our big day and the sum they gave me looked like a phone number!! Thank goodness for having a creative parents!!

Vendors can also be one of two things: fabulous and a dream to work with, or a pain in the butt, so this is the perfect time to do your research and pick who you really want to work with!

So, here are some tips for picking good vendors that you will be happy to work with:

Do they leave you waiting?

The best way to judge a vendor is how long they take to reply to your initial meeting request or query.

A good vendor will have an automated email to say how long you may have to wait for a response. Anyone who leaves your standing for longer than a week with no follow up is not worth your time, let alone your money…no matter who it is or what service they are providing!

Good Reviews?

I have found this amazing feature inside google that I wish I had known about sooner!! If you type in the companies name (not the name of the service they are providing) google will pull all the reviews it can find on the company so you can see the good, the bad and everything in between!

I must admit this is a new level of stalking, but I even entered a few vendors onto Companies House to make sure they filed their taxes the previous financial year. You hear these horrible stories of companies going bust a week before a wedding, and Lord knows I didn’t want to take that chance!!

Don’t be afraid to meetings!

Meetings and calls are a great way to get to know your vendors. It’s also a great way to see what they are all about and weather you want to work with them or not!

In planning a wedding we go and see several venues, why not meet with the same amount of photographers, florists and bakeries!

Read ALL the fine print:

Any time you think of working with a vendor, ask to see their contract and full cost breakdown. I am a little bit lucky in that I work with figures, terms and conditions all day, so I am use to weeding out the cost information that might be hidden.

Make sure you read everything carefully and do not sign on the dotted line until you and your Hubby to be are 100% happy with the cost and service promised!

Talk to your venue:

Your venue and coordination staff are the best resource you will ever have. They know all the inside stories from other weddings so they can give you first hand information on every little detail! Just remember to be a little cautious: a venue I went to see would only let you use the vendors on their list for everything! Cake, cars, everything it was horrible! Make sure they offer you a good mix of price ranges.

So, those are my little tips on picking vendors! Happy Picking!!

Have a great weekend xXx hugs and love xXx

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