Other than choosing your soul mate, selecting the best team of wedding vendors for you will make the biggest impact on your day. Finding the right vendors can be the difference between an okay wedding and the wedding of your dreams. Your florist, DJ, photographer, videographer, baker and officiant should be your wedding day dream team, working together to give you the most memorable day possible. Here are five tips to keep in mind when you're skimming reviews and setting up meetings:
1.) Start Early
Don't be shy about reaching out over a year in advance. Depending on location and time of year, some wedding professionals book up to two years out. Have an idea of what you're looking for, ask to meet up to ask questions, and take great notes to come back to weeks or months down the line. Another bonus? The earlier you start, the less you're competing with other couples for your preferred date.
2.) Do Your Homework
Sites like The Knot and WeddingWire gather reviews for area vendors from real brides and grooms. Get an idea of who's local to you and check the reviews from there. Look beyond star ratings and get to the specifics. What did people like about that vendor, and what's important to you? Has anyone you know personally worked with them, and what was their honest opinion?
3.) Consider Style
Someone could be an amazing photographer, DJ or florist and be completely wrong for your wedding and the style you're going for. Be sure to check out their websites for examples of their work and styles, and meet with them to get an even better idea. When you meet with any potential vendor, make sure you show them images and lay out your own plan so you know it's something they can do.
4.) Ask Other Vendors
If you found a photographer who you're really excited about and trust to do a great job, don't be afraid to ask for recommendations of other top-notch vendors in the area. Working the wedding circuit means vendors run into each other again and again, and they all see each other's work. Chances are they know who is the best in the area, and who might work for you as a couple.
5.) Get Them Booked
You've found a high-quality vendor who fits your style and budget. Wonderful! Talk it over with your fiancé, and if you're both happy, move forward on getting them booked for your wedding day. People underestimate just how fast vendors book up, especially during a peak wedding month. If they have your day available, don't waste time: get your deposit paid and your vendor booked!
Choosing your vendors creates a solid base for the rest of your wedding plans. So take the time to find the best for you, get them on board, and enjoy your wedding day knowing you have a fabulous team behind you to take care of the details.