Written by: Sam – Prebeat
Photo by: Liz-Mari Marias Photography
Whether you’re newly engaged and can’t wait to book your wedding or you and your fiancé have been saving for years for your dream day, organisation really is everything when it comes to wedding planning – and this starts with choosing your vendors.
But with the dress, the DJ and everything in between needing choosing, booking and paying for, there’s a whole lot of stress that can creep up on you if you’re not careful. Let’s take a look at how you can minimise this stress and choose the wedding vendors that are right for you.
- Work out what really matters to you
This is your starting point: what do you actually care most about? For some brides, the dress will be where much of the budget goes, for others, it will be the venue. The real beauty of your wedding is that you get to do it your way. So sit down with your other half and work out what it is that you both care about most. This will help you make some crucial decisions further down the line. Top tip: wedding planners can be real lifelines!
- Be realistic about your budget
Now you know your priorities, you can start matching them up with your budget. It’s important to be realistic here. Is anyone in your friend circle handy with a bit of crafting? Or perhaps there’s a relative who’s renowned for her cakes? Don’t be afraid to ask if they’d be interested in helping out. This way, you can trim back on any unnecessary expenses, and as mentioned in point #1, be able to focus on the things that matter most to you.
- Ask around for recommendations
Chances are you know someone who can recommend a great wedding vendor or who has recently been married themselves – so get their take on what they’d advise and what they’d recommend you to avoid. The memories will be fresh enough in their minds for you to get an honest and accurate opinion from them, so pick their brains. Social platforms are also great for reviews and recommendations – whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or all three, spend some time scouring through the social profiles of vendors you’re thinking about choosing.
- Ask to see their reviews. All of them
Choosing the right vendors for you means finding someone you’re comfortable with and trust with the important aspects of your wedding day. Any company worth its salt will be more than happy to show you a range of reviews or point you to where you can find them. If they seem unwilling to share these or unhappy that you’re asking, this is probably a sign that they’re not a good fit for your needs.
- Negotiate but don’t be insulting
Keep in mind that many wedding vendors start off as small businesses and a lot of what they do is borne out of skills crafted over many years – so their prices are what they are because they’re providing a bespoke talent. Whether it’s a harpist or a hair stylist, don’t be afraid to enter into negotiations about costs or services – just be sure not to insult anyone’s skills or expertise. When handled tactfully, you should be able to reach a result that everyone’s happy with.
- Don’t assume – get details in writing
This one is for your peace of mind and to ensure there are no nasty surprises as your wedding day gets closer. It’s crucial that you get all agreements in writing. Written confirmation means you can check exactly what was agreed at any time – which of course means you don’t need to constantly contact the vendor. On top of this, you’ll have proof of what was agreed should there be any conflict about this at a later date.
- Be certain that they understand your vision
Point #6 will help with this, as there’s really no room for miscommunication when it comes to one of the most important and expensive days of your life. If you’re unsure about something or unclear on any aspect of what’s been discussed, you need to speak up. Better you spot any problems now than on the morning of your wedding day.
These 7 tips will hopefully provide you with plenty of inspiration for when it comes to choosing the various vendors you’ll need for your big day. Good luck!