With this in mind, I’m sharing a step-by-step guide to choosing your wedding suppliers.
Shall we begin?
Take your time
Whilst it’s important to book your suppliers as early as possible, it’s just as important not to rush the process.
If you panic book the first suppliers you see you’re bound to second guess your decisions later on – especially as there are so many amazingly talented suppliers out there.
Do your research
So, where should you start your research?
The majority of couples in the UK find their wedding suppliers via; Internet searches, recommendations from friends and family, wedding directories, articles, real weddings / inspiration shoots, wedding fairs and advertisements on blogs or in magazines.
With so many options available it is important to remember that this can and will take time, but the time you spend researching now will be worth it in the long run.
So do your research and make sure you consider the following:
Send an enquiry
If you are sending an enquiry make sure you include the following information:
In terms of the enquiry itself you will need to ask the following questions:
Make a shortlist
Based on the responses you get to Step 3, make a shortlist of no more than two or three suppliers in each category that you love.
If required, arrange a consultation
With some suppliers, a phone consultation or even email correspondence should be enough to get an idea of whether or not you’d like to work with them, but with others (a Wedding Planner, Stylist or Photographer, for example) it’s important to check out your chemistry as well.
If possible, try to meet up in person or arrange a Skype call depending on locations and availability.
Do even more research!
Check out your shortlisted suppliers in even more detail:
By doing all, or even just some of the above you will ultimately have a better idea of what kind of person / company they are.
Make your decision
Follow your gut and once you’ve made a decision, let the other suppliers you’ve spoken to or met with know that you’ve chosen your supplier. They will appreciate your honesty and courtesy.
Then break the good news to your chosen suppliers and start to iron out the details.
If contracts/terms and conditions are available then make sure you read these carefully and that you are happy with everything included… If there are any questions marks, then don’t be afraid to query something if you’re not sure. Now is the time to ask, as you don’t want to end up with any regrets.
Once you’ve made everything official, it’s time to get excited – you’re one step closer to your big day!
Hopefully the above guidelines will set you on the right track, but if you’re struggling to find the perfect supplier, or need help with anything else, then you might want to take a look how how I can assist, a full rundown of my wedding planning services can be found here!
Until next time…
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