Hi Brides to Be! Happy Wednesday!
Back when I started my blog, I had hoped to walk through the wedding planing process I use with brides on this platform. I love sharing things that I think about when working with brides and share my knowledge with all of you! So, now that I'm back to blogging 3 days a week, I'm so excited to start this series. I want to walk through each step of finding the vendors that fit into your Wedding Dream Team. These vendors are going to work together to bring your wedding vision to life!
Define your Style:
When you start thinking about your wedding, think about your style. If you're working with me as a full design bride, the first thing we'll do is narrow down your vision. Pinterest is great, but a lot of times it can be so overwhelming and make your life more difficult when making decisions. Use it only as a starting point. As you research vendors, ask yourself--Is this vendor the right fit for me? Are they going to coordinate with my style?. If the answer is yes, add them to your list to check out. If the answer is no, cross them off. The wedding market is full of vendors and not every single one is going to be the perfect fit for you.
Work within your Budget:
Before you start researching your vendors, make sure you have a good idea where your budget is going to be. You don't want to fall in love with a vendor that just won't fit. Your budget can be flexible--you can take a little bit from one vendor to add to another vendors if needed, but always keep that budget in mind. Below is general breakdown of where your budget should be going, but make sure you are staying true to your style! If flowers are more important and need more of your budget, choose another category to take some of those dollars from.
Do your Research:
Start researching your wedding vendors right away. Some vendors need to be booked further in advance than others, but it's a good idea to start all vendor research right away. In order to know if one vendor fits inside that budget above, you want to have an idea of what you are spending on the rest your vendors at the same time. Meet with multiple vendors in the same category to make sure that they fit with your style and their personality works with yours. Don't hire the first vendor you meet with even if you they've been on your Dream Team Wish List since before you were engaged. It's so important to make sure that you're making the right decision and trusting the right people to create your big day.
hire only REQUITABLE vendors:
The wedding market can be scary and overwhelming. There are so many vendors and if you're not working with a wedding planner, navigating the market can be next to impossible. Everyone has to start somewhere, so don't count out new vendors, but make sure they have a few things before you officially count on them for your big day. It's great to save some money and hire your friends for a task, but really ask yourself if they're going to have the resources and knowledge to make your big day perfect.
- Contact info other than Facebook Messenger: You can find a lot of great vendors on Facebook, but if you're going to hire them, make sure to get their phone number and an email address.
- A Portfolio and/or Referrals: Any starting out photographer, planner, floral or stationery designer should have a portfolio to show you. Any DJ or Band should be able to perform for you and give you some referrals. If the vendor you're considering can't show you their skills, it's a good idea to look for another vendor.
- A Contract: A contract is vital to to anyone who is running a legal business. Their contract should be typed out and should be written to protect both you and them. If they don't have a contract already written, it should be a big red flag and you should look elsewhere. If you don't sign a contract at all, you have nothing to prove that your vendor is going to do their job on your day.
Over the next few weeks, I can't wait to share what I look for when sourcing vendors for my couples. If you have questions, please leave me a comment or send me an email and I'll try to answer it in one of the posts!