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10 Tips to Finding the Best Wedding Vendors

Posted by Cossie Crosswhite on November 16, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Some Top Tips for finding the best wedding suppliers...

You might want to print this one off.....

{1} When it comes to finding suppliers, word of mouth is one of the most reliable sources of recommendation. If you don’t have friends who can recommend, then trawl popular wedding blogs. Bloggers will generally only publish the work of suppliers who enjoy a good reputation in the industry. Use Twitter and Facebook to engage with other Brides to obtain feedback and recommendations. Also make time to examine sites like the The Knot.com and affiliates to find reputable local vendors.

{3} Hire a planner if you can. Not all planners are a luxury. They may offer luxury services, but they work with all ranges of brides. Many offer stand-alone services like 'suppliers search' or 'on the day coordination' {how reassuring to have someone there on the day to ensure everything runs perfectly} which is a lot cheaper than full-coordination and will give you complete peace of mind. Why have your mom or friend worrying on that day, they are supposed to be enjoying it as well. There are some fantastic planners who operate independently like 1 Elegant Event Wedding and Event Planning, alternatively again, use the online social networking sites to ask for recommendations...

{4} Always, always take time to read carefully through any contracts and question anything you are unsure about. If a supplier doesn't have a contract - think again. They should have one - to cover their back and yours. It's a business no-brainer for anyone working in the wedding industry.

{5} Take out wedding day insurance, but always read the small print before you sign up/hand over any money, to make sure you are getting the cover you think you might need. If you decide on this service make sure not only your dress is covered for damages but your wedding details are covered also, many times these are two separate insurances.

{6} When booking with a venue - make sure you are free to bring in independent suppliers and are not obliged to have to use suppliers that the venue recommends, as this cautionary tale explains. As one of my readers said "An interesting point to note is that many bridal shops give out lists of recommended suppliers to their customers, not because these suppliers offer great service but because they pay to be on the list. I'm sure many people are not aware of this fact."

{7} Ask what the suppliers background is (how long have they been established, where have they worked, what is there experience) and from there you can then ask to see testimonials/references from past clients etc.

{8} Reassess how you are spending your budget. Sometimes its worth paying a little extra for the reassurance that a job is done professionally and that supplier comes vetted with so many years of experience. It is worth looking at a supplier as a package, not solely focused on how cheaply you can cut a deal. On the other hand, just because they are the most expensive in their field doesn't mean they are the best. That is where you go back to asking for recommendations.

{9} Stay in touch with your suppliers - keep in regular contact with them in the run up to your wedding.

{10} And finally, follow your gut instinct {I have found mine to pretty much always be right}. If you have even the slightest inkling the supplier you are considering might quite be right - seek to obtain reassurance from them. And if that reassurance doesn't arrive, don't put down that deposit. Look for someone else.

A wedding planner can give you piece of mind, because they have worked with and know the reputations of the vendors in your area and they have contacts all over to find out reputations of vendors in other areas. Call 1 Elegant Event,Wedding & Event Planning at 251-289-9451 to schedule your free consultation to find out how we can help you!

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