March 11, 2020
Awhile back, I had a bride that was struggling to find vendors for her wedding day that were not only available, but also felt like a right fit for them. Just like it’s important to find a photographer that’s perfect for you, it’s just as important to find that planner, florist, designer, DJ, etc. that GETS YOU! That understands you and how your relationship works. That knows exactly what type of wedding you envision. It’s no less important!
But now the real question: how do you find those vendors? Where do you look? Who do you talk to? When I got engaged, this wasn’t a problem for me, but that’s because I’m in the wedding industry! I already knew of so many different vendors to choose from, and because of that, I forgot that not everyone knows how to find the best fit or what to look for in a vendor!
My best advice on this: before you Google vendors in your area, ASK your married friends and the vendors you already trust and have booked. See who they recommend, listen to their experiences (good and bad!) with each vendor, and take all this into consideration! If your friend raves about her wedding planner, there’s a reason for that! If your other friend doesn’t rave about their DJ, there’s a reason for that! Your best connections are almost always going to be “word-of-mouth” – this is a referral or recommendation from someone you already know and trust. I have a giant list of vendor recommendations of every type of vendor ready to send to anyone that asks. I, and I think this is true for all other vendors, would never recommend someone if I didn’t think they would be a good fit for the client. I recommend vendors that have a lot of my trust, that I have personally loved working with in the past, and that have shown great efforts of teamwork on a wedding day.
Things to think about as you consider vendors:
- Do our personalities get along well?
- Is this someone I could actually be friends with in real life?
- Do they fully see the wedding vision that we want?
- Are they positive and professional?
- Will they make my vendor team even more complete?