She said yes and the both of you are thrilled and excited to be getting married! Then, suddenly you are both in a state of shock when you realize how much planning and organization to make your wedding day special. In the next months of preparation, you will be dealing with several kinds of vendors from a bakery for the cake to a store to rent a tuxedo from or order flowers. Here are some tips on helping you to cope with picking wedding vendors and dealing with them:
Stick to a Budget
First, when planning a wedding you need a budget that you can live with. That means getting price quotes from prospective wedding vendors. Make sure the quote includes everything from the products and services to the taxes or fees. When comparing two vendors' costs be sure you are comparing the same exact items so you can match them dollar for dollar. Sometimes wedding costs do go a bit higher than anticipated, so you might want to add a few dollars just in case things don't work out as you planned. You don't want to pick the cheapest vendors normally in case they don't provide the best quality of services, but you don't need to waste money by paying twice as much for items either, so try to find a happy medium that your budget can afford.
Compare All Your Information on Vendors
After you get a list of potential vendors to choose from, start eliminating the ones that are too expensive or don't have exactly what you want. You then need to compare the pros and cons of each one and get recommendations from their previous customers to see if they were satisfied with their services.
Be sure you and your vendors are compatible
It's vital to have a good connection with the vendors for your wedding. This way you can feel comfortable discussing the wedding and making it clear what your desires are. It is far less stressful to be comfortable around your vendors so that if things go wrong, you can have an easier time fixing it than if you and your vendors don't get along. Sometimes a vendor may have a totally incompatible personality. This may not matter if they aren't working directly with you such as a bakery where you only need to order and pick up the cake, but if it is someone like your photographer that you need to be around closely, you had better choose a person you can get along with if you don't want to ruin your special day.
Check the Vendor's Reputation
Another thing to be sure of is to check the vendor's reputation. You want an honest vendor who won't cheat you or ruin your wedding. Look for reviews on them on wedding planning sites or see if they belong to the Better Business Bureau.
All in all, picking wedding vendors can be a stressful experience and one that you may feel like everyone is pushing you to make a decision you may not want to make. Therefore, make a plan and get some notes down on paper to help you to hire the wedding vendors that are within your budget and that you are comfortable with.
At White Pines, our wedding planners can help you plan your perfect day, from start to finish. Our wedding vendors have all been screened and we only recommend ones that we know will make your wedding that much more special. Feel free to spend a weekend getaway near Chicago at the White Pines Inn and give us a test run!