Once the engagement ring is on your finger, the romance of it all can begin… but also the hard work… Your list of wedding suppliers is quite literally a list of all the elements that will come together to form your wedding day.
They are just that important.
So, it is crucial that each one is the right choice and adds to your dream vision of your wedding. Many suppliers will not be the right fit for you; your personalities might not match up, or they simply won’t have available the product or service that you need.
Compromise is sometimes necessary, but you want to avoid it as much as possible.
Some key things to consider:
– How much experience do they have? And can they deal with set-backs or changes along they way?
– How do they fit into your wedding budget? Even if you’ve set aside a healthy sum for your wedding, you need to work out how much you can allocate to each element.
– What is most important to you? You can apply this at any stage and to details of any size. When it comes to making a decision, working out your priorities is often the best way to make your choice, and to make it right.
The perfect suppliers are out there. I know, because I’ve met many of them! But I want to make sure you find the right people for you, so I’ve put together this list of three simple, foolproof tips:
1. Research, research, research
Start with your wedding mood-board, to make sure you keep your head focused on what you’ve already decided is important, nay, essential, to your day. Then, start searching…
Everyone knows that social media, like Instagram and Facebook, only show you half the story – and it’s the half that businesses wants you to see. While this is a good indicator of the general style of the venue, florist, or dressmaker that you’re looking at, it may not always be an accurate reflection on quality, customer service, and reliability.
For this reason, I would insist that you do some deeper digging. What other websites can you find the suppliers on? Check their Google reviews and Trustpilot rating if they have one. Have they been featured in any magazines or blogs? Gather all the information you can before you make your choice.
A smaller business, with less of a social media presence, might be better suited to offering you the handmade, bespoke, and totally unique wedding stationary you’re looking for. But, equally, a popular well-established venue will be able to give you the professionalism and atmosphere you want.
2. Get to know them
Perhaps you’ve whittled your list of potential florists down to just three, but you’re not sure how to choose between them. You love all of the arrangements that you’ve seen, and each one offers the flowers and designs that you’ve been looking for.
Why not chat to each of them? Discuss your ideas and see who you click with the best – this could well be different for everyone, and it’s important that each of your wedding suppliers fits with your personal feel. This is even more important when it comes to your hair and make-up artists and your venue hosts, because these are the people you’ll be sharing your special day with.
Many suppliers will give you the option of a video chat consultation, a phone call, or a face-to-face meeting. Take them up on this offer! While the conversation will likely stay quite focused on your wedding, this is a great opportunity to get a feel for who they are, what they can offer you, and what their service will be like.
3. Don’t give in to time pressures
While it is a well-recognised fact that wedding suppliers get booked up far in advance, it’s just as true that rushing into booking someone just because you’re scared they’ll run out of availability is a dangerous move.
It is much better to strike a balance. Take as much time as you can to consider the points above before you sign any papers. That way, you’re giving your dream wedding a real shot.
If you keep all of these things in mind, you’ll pull together your list of perfect suppliers in exactly the right amount of time with exactly the right amount of confidence. Just try to keep a clear head and don’t get swept away in the stress!
Have I missed anything off the list? Let me know! I’d love to feature your suggestions!