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Working with Wedding Vendors

Your wedding vendors are your biggest fans and advocates. We want what’s best for you, and we do all that we can to share our insight, recommendations, and professional opinions while you’re navigating the wedding planning process. The relationships we build are so important, so here are a few tips on how to strengthen these relationships for stress-free and enjoyable wedding planning.


Set a realistic budget.

Let’s face it, weddings are expensive. It’s easy to get caught-up in all of the wow-worthy options when you scroll Pinterest, Instagram, and wedding blogs, but approaching the wedding planning process from a realistic perspective really helps. Everyone is working with different budgets, styles, and values, so keeping your thoughts organized and priorities in check will keep you ahead of the game. When communicating with vendors, providing them with your budget helps to drive the conversation and determine if their services and value are the best fit for you. Not sure where to start? I highly recommend reaching out to local wedding planners for a consultation. We have relationships in the local market, and our experience allows us to offer you some insight and recommendations. We will talk about your current budget, guest count, vision, non-negotiables, etc. to help determine if the number you’ve allocated is realistic.


Trust.

If you find the right vendors, this one should be a no-brainer. However, as a type-A person myself, I also understand the internal struggle to feel in control at all times. When you sign a contract with a vendor of your choice, that means that you felt comfortable with the fit and their services meet your needs. We do all we can to understand your vision and priorities in order to propose the right kind of venue, floral design, attire, beverage package, etc. So, when you’re feeling indecisive or unsure of yourself, we are there to propose solutions that are in your best interest from all angles.


Be patient.

Wedding planning is a process, and it runs smoothest when you are thoughtful. It is easy to want to jump into wedding dress shopping, floral design, linen colors, and all of the “fun” stuff, but it’s important to take a step back and set yourself up for success. Be sure to create a guest list, set a budget, and think through the timeline of the day before getting ahead of yourself. Patience should also be applied when working with your vendors. We work very hard, and we never want to present work that isn’t our best. I promise that we have lots of time to plan, so sit back, relax, and let yourself enjoy it! It will all be worth it.


Be transparent.

Whether your budget changes, you hate the color blue, or you're unhappy with a contract, it’s important to let your vendors in on everything that’s bouncing around in your head. As wedding vendors, our goal is to exceed expectations every time, but we are unable to do that if you aren’t sharing your thoughts. A transparent and honest wedding planning process -- sounds like a dream, right?


Ask Questions.

No one likes to feel in the dark. This is likely the first time you're planning a wedding, so no one expects you to be the expert. In fact, I love when my couples ask questions. It means they are invested in the process, and it helps us to keep things stress free along the way.


photo by Erich Camping Photography

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