5 Things to Look for in Your Wedding Vendors

May 16, 2015 by Just Marry!

If you’ve ever attended a bridal show or even just surfed online for wedding vendors, you know it can be overwhelming. There are hundreds or even thousands of vendors vying for your business. With so many options, it can be challenging to narrow down the possibilities to the best ones for you.

Here are five things to consider as you make your decisions:

  1. Personality. When you first talk to the vendor, do you have an instant rapport? Do you get a kick out of the jokes they toss out, or do you find them annoying? Do you find their presentation style engaging, or pushy? The importance of working with vendors whose personalities mesh with yours can’t be overstated. You’ll be more comfortable if you know how to relate to the vendors you entrust with your big day.
  2. Style. Is the vendor polished and professional, or laid-back and casual? Do they speak eloquently, or use a lot of slang? Are they exuberant and energetic in how they carry themselves, or calm and focused? It’s usually best to choose a vendor with a similar sense of style to your own, but listen to all proposals with an open mind.
  3. Testimonials. Word of mouth is probably the most commonly cited source of referrals by wedding vendors. It can be tempting to hire someone because a friend recommended him, but be sure you evaluate the vendor according to your standards. No single vendor is right for everyone!
  4. Flexibility. Does the potential vendor listen to your ideas and needs before putting together a customized proposal, or are you given a set price list from which you must choose a set of services? It may save you money to go with the second option, but it’s up to you to decide if you want services that may seem “cookie cutter” rather than tailored to your needs.
  5. Fee. We put the fee at the bottom of the list for a reason. Wedding budgets should be a little flexible so that if you fall in love with a vendor outside of your budget for that service, you can take some money from another line item to cover it. Obviously, you can’t do this for all of your vendors or you’ll break the bank, but don’t necessarily assume that because one vendor you love is outside of your budget that you can’t work with her.

Choosing your wedding vendors can be a lengthy and involved process, but you are selecting the team to implement your wedding vision, which isn’t something to be done lightly. Pay attention to all of the above areas while interviewing potential vendors so you can relax and enjoy your wedding day while they take care of everything!

 

Tell us what qualities you’re looking for in your wedding vendors. We’d love to hear from you!

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