We know picking the team to turn your wedding ideas into your dream day is hard, so we’re here to help! Choosing the perfect wedding vendors is a huge part of planning, yes, and more importantly, achieving your big day – so here are 13 tips to assure you pick the right ones for you!


1. When hiring your wedding vendors, do your own background check:
Read the reviews. Check references. And see the equipment they use physically not on pictures be careful to buy a picture .

2. Pick a venue with open space:
Flexibility in moving preexisting smaller/light furniture items that don’t fit your event aesthetic.

3. Read ALL of the Contract: 
Make sure you fully understand all details before signing to ensure that your needs will be met. Always remember: If it’s not in the contract, it is more than likely that it will not happen.

4. Take every element into consideration: 
When selecting your wedding vendors I always encourage my couples to keep the 4 P’s in mind – passion, product, personality and price!

5. Hire the best vendor in each category in the price point you can afford. 
Don’t spend so much on one vendor that it takes away from the rest though! Its good to do one stop shop if they are in videography ask about photography as well as decorations . 

This is cheaper to take one company to do all your services than taking one from each company you will pour all your money on one thing.  

6. You get what you pay for. 
The key to choosing your vendors is keeping this in mind. In the event world, there are vendors that are just starting out, and those that are seasoned. You are going to pay more for the seasoned, and less for those who are just growing their business but these guys produce what they can because they are just starting. 

Be careful about the “deals” you are getting. Take into account how many hours, what type of service, quantity, and logistics. Make sure as you are shopping prices, you weigh all the variables.

7. How attentive are they? 
During the sales and vetting process, see how quickly a prospective vendor responds to you. 24-72 hours is a reasonable turnaround time; a whole week is not. This is an indication of how easy they will be to work with. 

One of the top complaints I receive from clients is that a vendor is not responsive or attentive to their needs, and that their response time is exceedingly long. 

8. For budget, be honest.
If you inquired with enthusiasm and the reply proposal is out of your budget and you’re feeling discouraged, don’t stop there. 

I greatly appreciate a couple that let me know and trie to find a solution that works for everyone. Ask your vendor, “I really love your work/ food/florals/etc, is there anyway we can get the budget closer to $xxxx? Can you think of any creative ways or little corners to cut?” In many cases, for photography, we can shave off some time. 

9. Excellent customer service.
The ability to complete projects in a timely manner, precision in executing a design to a specific standard, trust, reliability, and accountability are just some of the things that are learned and honed through years of experience mastering the tricks of the trade. 

Don’t judge a book by its cover, truly take the time to research the story.