October 29, 2020
If you’re anything like me, the thought of hiring wedding vendors is a daunting one. I mean, what if you don’t pick the best wedding vendor for your wedding?
Do me a favor, imagine this. . .
It’s your wedding day, the day you’ve been waiting for and dreaming about since you were a child. There’s excitement in the air as you and the bridesmaids get your Starbucks and jam to Marry You by Bruno Mars on the way to the salon.
The hair stylist is 30 minutes late, then run another 30 minutes behind schedule.
The planner is visibly stressed about the timeline.
The photographer is late, wearing jeans and a tee-shirt, and doesn’t have the time or the knowledge to take detail photos.
The videographer doesn’t have the equipment to capture sound.
The flowers are wilted before they arrive, and they don’t look anything like you talked about.
The cake is crooked, caving in, and frosting is sliding down the sides.
The officiant is late and pronounces your fiance’s name wrong – of course, he didn’t bother to show up to the rehearsal.
After the ceremony, cocktail hour begins! You’re so excited because the hard part is over.
Once the reception begins, you’re really ready to have some fun – and it’s finally time for the grand entrance!
You can’t understand a word the DJ says during the grand entrance.
The planner is in hysterics because the timeline is still an hour behind.
The food has been ready for over an hour.
Once, the dance begins, nobody is dancing – it almost seems like the DJ is only playing his favorite music.
As the night finally comes to an end, the vendors take so long to clean up and leave the venue, you get an extra charge because everything was not gone at the agreed upon time.
How did reading that make you feel?
I’m not trying to scare you, but I am trying to teach you!
I know you want to hire Aunt Sally to make your cake, because she made your birthday cake when you were 8 years old, and you want to save money by hiring imahorribledj.com and your best friend who has a nice camera, but friend – please, I am begging you, while you’re thinking about the investment, think about the cost too.
So, what can hiring the wrong vendor team cost you?
Peace of mind
Think about it, most of these things, you really can’t put a price-tag on. Can you put a price on your peace of mind? Your memories? Your joy?
Have a budget, stick to your budget the best you can, and don’t skimp on anything that sacrifices your joy.
The right vendors have vendors they know and love! Some of those vendors will even give you a discount, because they trust the other vendors you’re working with. The right vendors might also have partnerships with other businesses, and can get you discounts on things like tuxedos and stationery.
Of course, the right vendors don’t just save you money, they also save you all of those intangibles we talked about before. You remember, the joy, the memories, the piece of mind? The right vendors know the right questions to ask. They know how to follow a timeline (or create a timeline, in a planner’s case). The know how to work together as a team. They’re dressed professionally for a wedding. They aren’t visibly stressed, they know how to stay calm under pressure. They’re on time, and they know their craft. They are professionals!
But, how do you find the right wedding vendors for your wedding day dream team?
First, I think it’s important to identify where many brides find their wedding vendors.
Facebook, The Knot, and Wedding Wire are some of the most common places to find your wedding vendor team. These are fine. There are great vendors on all of those websites! However, anybody with a credit card can be on The Knot and Wedding Wire. Joe Schmoh from Idaho with an iPhone camera can set up a profile on those sites, ask his friends to leave reviews, and put up stock images on the profile. You might hire him, thinking he’s an amazing photographer, not even knowing anything real about him. Of course, as you probably already know, literally anyone can set up a business page on Facebook. So again, you get the good with the bad here too. It’s okay to find vendors at any of these places, but be sure to properly interview and research them before hiring them!
So, where can you look for wedding vendors?
Ask your recently married friends and family for recommendations (especially if you went to their wedding, and loved it). If you have any friends or family in the wedding industry, don’t be afraid to ask them for recommendations either. Meet vendors at wedding expos – these are a great chance to meet the man or woman behind the business, ask questions, and sometimes see some of their work! I love wedding expos. One word of caution, not all vendors in the area will go to wedding expos, as they are a large investment, so don’t look just in one place!
For my Iowa brides, there will soon be a great website launching that is like The Knot on steroids – Our Stress Free Wedding. So, how is this different than other websites? Well, for starters, the vendors featured on this website are invited to be part of it. You don’t just need a valid credit card, they interview vendors extensively, and do their research before allowing them to be featured as a vendor on the website – so you know you’re only getting great vendors.
Of course, one of my favorite ways to find wedding vendors is by asking your wedding planner or coordinator! The right wedding planner should have a list of trusted wedding professionals that they have worked with in the past. They know these people. They trust these people. They know that these people will treat your wedding like it was their own wedding. If you have a wedding planner or coordinator, you should always check with them first!
Remember, take a breath. There are a lot of vendors out there, and we know that picking the right wedding vendor team is one of the biggest and most daunting decisions to make when you are planning your wedding.
Not sure where to start? We can help with that!
Schedule your free consultation with our lead certified wedding planner today, and book any of our packages to gain access to our exclusive preferred wedding vendor list.