Professional Wedding Planners usually know all the vendors within the wedding network. We can steer you in the right direction of who will fit your personality, budget, and be a good fit. However, if you are tackling this venture on your own, here are a few good tips to keep in mind.
First - Check Them Out
* Do your research: Ask friends, family, and other vendors. But also ask why they are recommending them. Did they communicate effectively? Show up on time? Deliver what they promised?
* Snoop around: Check out their web-sites. Is the web-site's photos and information up to date? Articulate? Easy to navigate? Does it show a representation of their personality, style, and professionalism?
* On-line reviews: Do they have a good number of reviews in comparison to others within their field? Are the reviews positive? Do they have reviews dated throughout the course of their business? Past, as well as present?
Second - Make a Phone Call or Schedule a Meeting
* Set up the appointment: When meeting with a prospective vendor, know your guest count, budget, and have a clear vision of what you are wanting for your wedding day.
* Discuss what is most important for you on your wedding day and what are non-negotiables. Do they fully understand your requests, know what to do, but also flexible? Do they offer alternatives for requests they are not able to say yes to?
* Are they able to show you samples of their work?
Third - Pick Someone Who Gets You
* Pick someone who grasps your vision, and who shares your passion for your event.
* Trust your gut. Don't get carried away with lofty promises and shiny presentations.
* Choose someone you feel you can count on, communicates well and who will help you make your vision a reality.