So you're engaged. Congrats! So now what? You're already being bombarded by friends and family offering recommendations on which vendors to choose. Whoa! Slow down and take a deep breath. Before worrying about the details, you and your fiance need to choose a venue and set a date. But where to begin? Start by deciding which time of year works best for you and what type of setting you want. Do you want a summer wedding on the beach or were you thinking springtime in a church? From there you can begin scoping out potential venues and making a list of your favorites. Be sure to write down the pros and cons of each one, it will make the selection process easier. Always ensure that the venue is the proper size, has the necessary facilities, and is available on a date that works for you. Remember you have to get started early because there are other couples competing for the best venues and dates. This process can be stressful but hiring a WPIC-certified Wedding Planner can make it a lot easier. Get it done right away and then you will have plenty of time to choose and book the best vendors.
Tips for Choosing your Vendors:
1. Know Your Budget
Sit down and work out a budget...on paper. There are many Wedding Budget Planning Sheets online if you choose to go it alone. A WPIC-Certified Wedding Planner can provide the tools and assistance you need to put together a realistic budget that will help you stretch your funds as far as possible. Most of us know how much stress money can bring to relationships, so it's important that you figure this out together and hold each other accountable. Overspending can create a lot of problems down the road. Planning a wedding is already stressful enough so don't weigh yourself down by adding money worries to the mix. Ditching the stress means you can shine on your wedding day!
2. Choose Your Wedding Style
It's important to decide on what style of wedding you want before choosing vendors. You want to ensure that they are the right fit. If you're having an elegant wedding you don't want to hire a caterer that only knows how to prepare BBQ or a photographer with an extreme, edgy style.
3. Do Your Research!
If you have a certified Wedding Planner they will be able to recommend vendors they have worked with in the past. These vendors have a track record for excellent products, services, and value. WPIC-certified Wedding Planners do not accept kickbacks or compensation from vendors for their referrals so you can be sure that their recommendations are reliable.
If you choose not to hire a Wedding Planner I suggest reading the blogs and portfolios of the vendors you're interested in. This is where they are displaying their best work, writing about trends, and showcasing their style.
4. Meet With The Vendor
This is crucial when determining if they are a a proper fit for you. Meeting face-to-face allows you to evaluate a vendor's personality, organization (being late for the meeting is a bad sign), and personal style. If you don't hit it off with them then it's unlikely that you will have a suitable working relationship.
Good luck with the vendor selection process! And remember, I'm always excited to meet for coffee and chat about your big day! Initial consultations are always free and there's never pressure to commit. Just shoot me a message and let's connect!