You have the ring and maybe even a date, but navigating the sea of quotes, vendor meetings and final decisions can be a minefield. So how do you tackle it in the most stress-free way possible?
Start with a list
It’s a simple place to start and one that can really help to focus you, so pick up a pen and grab a piece of paper and write down all the vendors you need to source.
Once you’ve made your list, prioritise. Start with the vendors that need to be secured first – venue, photographer, caterer – and work your way down the list to those you can finalise closer to the wedding.
A straight forward approach will not only keep the stress levels to a minimum but help you with budgeting and ensure that you won’t be hit up for cash all at once.
Do your research!
Whether you’re hitting the internet, scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest or asking your recently married friends for recommendations, research is key.
Between supplier websites, wedding magazines and vendor directories, there’s a wealth of information out there to help you select your top list of vendors.
Then you just have to go after them.
Hit the phones
Now is the fun part – chasing all your vendors down. It’s best, if you can, to organise to meet with or discuss your wedding with two or three of each type of vendor to make sure you have choices.
When talking or meeting with your suppliers take the time to gauge your feelings towards them, if they’re making you feel calm that’s a good sign, but if their stressing you out it might be good to move on to the next one.
Make your choice
When it comes to making your decision it’s important to take note off all the information available to you. Being realistic about your budget and expectations will go a long way to ensuring your finances won’t be strained and you’ll still get the day you want.
For those that you don’t ultimately select, make sure you get back in touch and let them know you’ve decided on a different vendor, they’ll appreciate the call and the opportunity to learn why you’ve looked over them.
The devil is in the details
It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so make sure you thoroughly read any contracts you are required to sign.
Make sure you’re aware of what will happen in the event that a vendor cancels, when payments are due, whether they’re insured, their requirements for the day and what the backup plan is should there be an equipment failure or other crisis.
In the lead up to your wedding you’ll be working with each of your vendors to deliver your vision, so do your best to have a clear idea of what needs to happen before the wedding date so that both you and the vendor have adequate time.
It’s important to make sure you’re considerate of your vendor’s time and keep them in the loop with any major changes that will affect them.
A happy vendor will go above and beyond and remember, whilst you may be planning just one wedding, they’ll be working on several, so do your best to be considerate and keep that in mind.