There are so many amazing artists and vendors within this industry who can help to make your day special and memorable. As you start your search, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. Here are a couple of quick tips and our top recommendations:
Look for professionals.
You want to work with companies that have a good reputation and who present themselves with integrity, respectability and expertise. The experience that you have in your meetings with vendors will most likely be the experience that your guests have at your wedding. Professionalism does not mean a higher price tag. It means taking pride in your work and honoring the commitments that you make to your clients. You want a team behind you that enjoys what they do and does it with reliability and attention to detail.
Align with vendors who fit your vision and personality.
Browse websites and imagery and listen to referrals for those vendors you are considering. Vendors have specific styles and characteristics that make them unique. If you can better understand what each vendor is like and what their company aesthetic is, you can better select a team that is a true fit for you! In addition, pay attention to personality and style of communication. Having people on your team who you feel comfortable with and communicate well with will make the road that much easier!
Know ahead of time what your budget is for each area and share this information with vendors at the beginning.
Having a very specific budget number in mind ahead of time will help to make the process much smoother. It allows each vendor to guide you in the right direction based upon the appropriate services.
And One Final Note, Regarding: Hiring Friends.
We often have clients ask if they should hire friends to help on their wedding day as vendors. Speaking very frankly, this tends to go one of two ways….it can be an amazing experience or it can be a bit of a struggle. The beauty of a friend is that they love you and want to celebrate you and the happiness that your wedding brings. When contemplating bringing a friend onto the team consider the following:
Would your friend prefer to celebrate or work at your wedding? We have seen friends who fall into both categories. If you know in your heart that your friend is offering their service as a helping hand, but might prefer to relax and enjoy that evening, we have found that it takes the pressure off of both parties to encourage them to attend as a guest only. It can be so much more enjoyable and does not put a strain on the service that they would be providing. However, if you know that your friend is serious about the offer of their service and would be able to handle the job with professionalism, it might be a great fit. Each situation is unique. Consider with an honest heart what will work best, and allows the healthiest outcome for the service and for your friend’s time.
At the end of the day, you want a team of vendors who you believe in, trust and see eye to eye with. You want a team of professionals who will allow you to hand over the reigns, so that you can relax and celebrate with the friends and family that surround you. It can feel intimidating, but once you have found the right fit for you, trust your gut and jump in. We are all here to help bring your day to life!