“How do I pick the right vendors?”
This is a question that I get quite often as a wedding planner. Sometimes, my clients feel they don’t need a wedding planner so they would rather pay for hourly consultation services. (See about me section for more information)
During the consultation the first question my brides ask me is how do they pick the right vendors? More specifically, how do they pick a vendor that’s the perfect for them.
I know it seems like a daunting task having to figure out which vendors best fit your needs, budget, and are reliable. But if your planning your wedding on your own you should invest a good amount of time in making sure the vendors you pick will show up and do their job.
When clients come to me asking for referrals, I will give them the best in the business. How do I know they’re the best? Through trial and error of course. Like my brides, I’ve also done my fair share of research and I’ve hired the ones that I recommend as well. Most of the time I’ve worked with the vendors that I’m referring, or I have reliable sources that can vouch for their reputation.
If you don’t know someone who can refer you to a reliable vendor, and you have to rely on your gut, your best bet is Yelp. Check their rating and thoroughly read through the reviews to ensure you will get your money’s worth. The reason I recommend Yelp over other sites is because it is one of the few sites where business owners cannot take down negative reviews.
Another tip: while using Yelp and searching for vendors, check to see how many reviews the “reviewer” themselves has before coming to a conclusion. I would not necessarily trust a company that has say, 15 reviews and about 12 of their reviewers have written say, 3 reviews in total on Yelp. This is not a positive sign. This could mean that a really bitter person decided to let their frustration out on Yelp, OR a business owner asked friends and family to boost their ratings. Look for unbiased frequent Yelpers who can give you their honest opinion. Also, look to see if the business owner tries to rectify a bad review. If they comment on the review with a sincere apology, and offer to make amends to the situation, this is a really good sign. It shows you that this vendor really believes in their services and strive to give their best at all times. It’s important to remember that vendors aren’t perfect. Every now and again sometimes we slip up too, but never on purpose. So don’t choose to not hire a vendor because of one surly review.
Once you feel like you’ve found the perfect vendor for your event, arrange to meet with them and go over all your questions and concerns in great detail. You can always pick up a stronger vibe when meeting someone in person. Take your time in picking your vendors, do not rush the process as these are the people that are going to bring your wedding to life.
It all comes down to: research, research, research. If you’re unsure about a vendor, ask a wedding planner via hourly consultation if they have heard of the vendor you are looking to hire but are unsure of. They will surely point you in the right direction. This is also a great tool if your planning your own wedding for the most part, but want to hire the best in the business. Thanks for tuning in! We’ll see you next time.
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