Sep 22, 2020
How To Choose The Right Wedding Vendors?
As a part of the newly announced ‘How To Series’, we got asked to write a blog on How to Choose the Right Wedding Vendors for your special Day.
We have collated a lot of information from our research and spoken with vendors in the industry regarding advice on how couples can choose their wedding vendors that are best suited to them.
I want to start off by saying that I do not believe there is necessarily a right and wrong vendor. However, you can choose people or businesses that are better aligned or suited with you and your vision for your wedding day.
But first, what vendors are there?
Good question. There are so many vendors involved in creating your day which is particularly why you should surround yourself with the best fit that suits you.
Depending on whether you are having an Elopement or a Wedding, the suppliers might differ. Nevertheless, here is a list of just some of the people who make up your wedding team.
- Wedding Stylist
- Make Up Artist
- Hair Stylist
- Stationery + Signage designer
- Cake artist and more
1. Define your vision
If you are a couple getting married or eloped, then I want you to imagine and envision what your day would FEEL like. Notice your surroundings, the energy surrounding you both and the type of people you want to create this feeling with.
What feelings come to your mind?
Fun, spiritual, party, relaxed, casual, intimate, dancing, laughing, joyful, calming, soothing, loud, music, small, large, wild, different, non-traditional, ethical, or glam?
Write down your top 5.
Once you have your top five values, this will help determine who you choose when connecting with your vendors to bring your vision to life.
2. What are your ‘must haves’?
It is important to know what your ‘must haves’ are. It comes at no surprise, but the cost of weddings can quickly become expensive. Something that I like to tell our couples is to write down your ‘non-negotiables’ and ‘negotiables’. If there is a photographer that you absolutely LOVE and have been obsessing about for the last few years or a chef that you have wanted to cook delicious food for you and your guests, then allocate a larger part of your budget to these vendors.
3. Do you research; Online and Offline.
So, you have started to google and found a few vendors that may suit you. That is great but it is important to dig a little deeper. Believe it or not, google does not always show some of the best local wedding vendors, so it is important to do your research.
A great starting point is to check if there are any local publications that offer insight into local vendors; particularly for couples who are planning a destination elopement or wedding. For Tasmania, you can go to Pure Bride (found at https://www.pure-bride.com.au/) and the newest launched directory Isle Weddings (found at https://isleweddings.com.au/) for all your local goodness.
I would also highly recommend checking all the information on the vendors websites as well as their social media handles. If you are planning a destination elopement or wedding, you will find loads of suppliers via hashtags for example #elopesantorini #weddingtasmania (depending on your destination of course).
If you are local, then never doubt the marketing tool that is ‘word of mouth’. Ask some married friends’ which vendors they used and if they would recommend them and why.
For extra research, see if the vendors have any featured work on wedding blogs or in wedding magazines. And last but certainly not least, read through reviews and testimonials on either google or Facebook. All these factors will help determine your chosen team.
If you like what you have seen or found, then be sure to get in touch and set up a good old-fashioned phone call or face time. This is a great to way to see how you both vibe together and bounce off each other’s energy.
I recommend for any couples choosing their team, to ensure that you prepare a list of questions, so that you can cover any of those ‘unknowns’ or get clarification about their service.
If you are lucky enough and you know that you would like to lock them in straight away, then do so. You can also ask that vendor for their recommendations because it is likely that they have a lot of inside knowledge and have worked alongside many industry folks whose values, and work style align.
5. Trust your instincts
Trust your gut. Listen to the instinctual part of yourself that is telling you; ‘Yes, we are a perfect match’ or ‘I am not too sure’. Your day is about you after all.
So when you choose your team, you can relax and know that you are trusting the process.
If you love their art and they are your ‘people’, then there is no better way than letting them know and booking them in.