How to find reputable wedding vendors

The wedding planning process can often be stressful.  One stress is the fear of choosing the wrong vendors.  Brides often lose sleep wondering if their vendors will arrive on time, deliver what was promised, and all in all, just do the right thing.  Choosing the wrong vendors could add up to costly consequences and unhappy memories.

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So, where does a bride start, when seeking reliable wedding vendors? Which wedding vendors can be trusted? Which vendors will deliver a great service?

 The number one way to help ensure you receive class act wedding vendors is to hire a Wedding Planner.  Now, I'm not saying this simply because I am a planner.  : )  Even other vendors within the wedding industry will recommend this as well.  The reason being, planners work with a great number of wedding vendors in every category.  They themselves only want to work with reputable vendors, and so they seek them out.  They network, they ask around, they get nosy, they hear the "behind the scenes" chatter about everyone.  They KNOW who's been NAUGHTY, and they KNOW who's been nice!

What are some ways to seek these vendors out yourself? 

The internet should only a starting point.  Do not rely solely on a company's website or Facebook page as to the professionalism of their company.  Some businesses actually pay marketing companies to maintain their social media and websites.  However, DO look at reputable wedding web-sites such as theknot.com and weddingwire.com for actual reviews from real brides.

 -Ask the wedding vendor about their involvement within the San Antonio wedding community. Do they belong to any associations or do they possess the necessary permits and credentials to carry out their services as expected?

 -Ask your wedding venue whom they recommend. Most venues can provide a list for your convenience, and sometimes, for your protection, require you to work with specific vendors.

 -Ask other reputable vendors.  Just like planners, other wedding industry leaders like to work events with other industry leaders.  Once you have found the right caterer, dj, florist, etc...for you, ask them who they like to work with and why.

Most importantly, no matter whom you hire, ALWAYS get a contract or invoice for services promised. Make sure payment terms are specific and that your payments and deposits are noted.

Choosing the right wedding vendor takes time and research.  Do not rush into a contract to get a better deal or show special.  The right vendor will be able to work within your budget and be accommodating to your needs.  Best of Luck!!! Lisa