Looking for wedding vendors is among the important task that engaged couple has to do. The couple needs to look find a wedding caterer, photographer, coordinator, florist and many other wedding vendors. These wedding vendors play a huge role in making a wedding successful or a failure.
Since there are quite a lot of wedding vendors or professionals that you need to get in touch, you need to start searching early and get as much help as you can. Organize everything by following a checklist of what needs to be done and what you’ve already completed. Write all the vendors you need to look for and refer on your list from time to time.
Choosing wedding vendors should be done meticulously since you don’t want to waste your money on someone or something that is not worth paying for. Here are some tips to help you select the right wedding vendors.
Set your budget for each service you need
You and your partner need to discuss first how much you are willing to pay for a particular service. Ask yourselves the following questions: What type of venue do we need? How many guests are we going to invite and about how much would the venue rental cost? How much can we spend for wedding photography services? What flowers are suitable for our wedding theme and up to how much are we willing to pay?
Set a price range for each service and try not to go beyond it.
Be open about your budget and expectations
Tell the vendor straightforward how much is your budget for the service and what kind of service or product you are expecting. Most vendors customize their services or packages to accommodate the needs of their clients. Make sure the details of the agreement are clear to both parties so there will be no misunderstanding in the future.
View their packages
Request to see all the packages that the wedding vendor is offering so you can compare which is the best option. Wedding vendors offer different services or packages. They usually set their pricing on many factors and one of which is their experience. Say for example the more experienced essex wedding photographer is expected to have a higher fee than a lesser-experienced shooter. Do not be lured by cheap-priced services for they might not offer the services you are expecting.
Meet them in person
Phone conversation is not enough when it comes to choosing wedding vendors. You have to meet each of them in person. Observe carefully how he/she talks, deals, and even how he/she dresses. Seeing the wedding vendors in person can help you assess them better. You need wedding vendors that are honest, easy to communicate with, experienced and trustworthy.
Ask for referrals
An honest and credible vendor is willing to share contact info of some past clients to prove his/her credibility. Contact the past clients of the wedding vendors and ask for feedback on how their experience with the vendor went.
Create a shortlist
Get the contact numbers of each wedding vendor, give them a ring and set an appointment. List all the names and contact information according to the services they provide so you don’t get confused. Say for example, on one page list all names of wedding caterers, on another page write the contact info of all potential florists then a separate one for photographers and so one.
Once you have met with each, create a shortlist of 3 to 4 for each category and have a final talk before making a decision on which to hire. To avoid ill feelings, call those that you have chosen and inform them of your decision in the most polite way possible.
Request for a sample contract
A sample contract from the wedding vendor can be a good basis on whether he/she is a good choice or not. Read carefully the contract signed by him and a past client and don’t hesitate to ask questions related to it.
Look at sample products
Asking to see sample wedding albums, sample food, flowers or whatever the vendor is offering can help you evaluate on which vendor offers the best products. Check which one suits your wedding needs and again ask important questions.
Your wedding is indeed very important so you surely have to exert time and effort in making it successful. Research and study your options before making any big decision that can affect the outcome of your special day.