I gained some valuable knowledge in regards to hiring wedding vendors from planning my own wedding. Some of these things I’m going to share with you, I wish I would have done myself! I had some great wedding vendors, but I also had some not-so great. I want to share this with you in hopes that it will help you future brides in hiring only the best!
1. Don’t Choose Based on the Cheapest Price Tag
We definitely made this mistake. We were trying not to go too overboard price-wise so we were looking for low price tags. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing to want to save money, but don’t make a decision solely on the price tag without even considering the quality or professionalism of your wedding vendors. If a wedding vendor has a significantly lower cost in comparison to the competition, make sure to keep on reading.
2. Always ask for examples of their work
ALWAYS, ALWAYS check out their work before accepting or signing any contract! You want to make sure that what they can bring to the table, aligns with what you’re looking for. Last thing, you want is for the work on the big day not to meet your standards or expectations.
3. Read the reviews!
This one is a very common sense one! Always read the reviews of any wedding vendor and if for some reason you can’t find any, that might be a red flag. So if you decide to move forward, do so with caution! We made the mistake of not reading the reviews on one of our vendors (photographer). He was one that had a low price tag and we spoke to him over the phone, he seemed to be a very charming and knowledgeable person that we didn’t even think twice about checking out his reviews. It wasn’t until he completely forgot about our engagement shoot that I realized ‘oh my gosh!’ so I came upon his reviews and there were a lot of bad ones!! Lesson learned!
4. Have at least 3 choices per vendor
Do your research. Have at least 3 top picks per vendor. You can start with more choices and narrow it down to your top 3 based on your requirements and so forth. What I’m trying to prevent you from doing is to pick and sign a contract with the first vendor you find without even checking out the competition. There is always competition, so do your research so you can get the best of the best!
5. Be very straight forward about what you WANT & EXPECT
Don’t just expect your vendors to know what you want and expect from them even if they’ve done a thousand weddings before yours. Every wedding is different. You need to tell them what you want! Usually the wedding vendor tells you or walks you through what you can expect from them if you end up hiring them. I’m talking about specifics that they wouldn’t otherwise know. For example, for photography or videography, if you would really like certain shots of something and want to make sure that it’s not missed, make it a point to let them know. For example, for the DJ, if you want him to get the crowd pumped to dance after dinner, let him know what kinds of songs will do the trick or if something that he’s playing is not working, let him know to switch it up. You want to make sure that you’re straightforward with each of your vendors about specifics and your overall vision because they’re not mind readers. Don’t be afraid to be get your ideas through to them because at the end of the day, you want to be happy with how it all turned out.
Bonus: Don’t be afraid to end the contract if they are NOT meeting your standards
Seriously!! Even if you already paid the deposit, don’t be afraid to end the relationship halfway through the wedding planning process if they’re not delivering what you expected. Last thing you want is to be stuck with something you know you don’t want just because you already put down a deposit. It’s your big day, make sure you love everything and if you don’t, then go ahead and say “Bye Felicia!”.
I hope these tips are helpful in getting only the best wedding vendors for your big day!! If you have any other must-know tips, I’d love to know them!!