PICK ACCORDING TO YOUR STYLE AND BUDGET
When picking your suppliers, it’s important to balance the right style with the right price for your budget. There’s no point approaching vendors who may create dream designs, but who are massively out of budget, but equally you don’t want to base everything on budget in case you end up compromising your entire vision.
You may have seen a dream venue dressing vision on Instagram but its way of out of your price bracket so look for venue dressers who have a similar style but do things on a smaller scale. Wedding suppliers are a creative bunch of people and will design and create to fit all budgets so all you have to do is find the suppliers that fits your style.
MAKE SURE YOU MESH
Once you have your shortlist, have a chat with your prospective suppliers, either in person (once Lockdown is over) or over Skype, Zoom or FaceTime, to see how they are in person. Emails can only tell you so much! Having suppliers who you get on with and who have similar communication styles to you can help massively when it comes to things running smoothly both on the day and in the lead up.
Kevin Brown Photography
Having a visual reference for your wedding ideas is always useful for wedding suppliers – even if it’s to let you know that your ideas are too ambitious for the budget! Get on Pinterest and create boards to show to your suppliers so you know you’re both on the same page.
REMEMBER THAT THEY’RE PEOPLE TOO!
This is an important one. Although it should be common sense, sometimes brides forget that wedding businesses are run by actual people who have to make a living! Be polite and friendly in your communications, and while you can be honest if things aren’t meeting your expectations, there’s no need for accusatory or intimidating behaviour.
DON’T SWAMP THEM
Your wedding may be the most important thing in the world to you, but you have to bear in mind that your suppliers will be juggling lots of weddings at the same time, especially during the summer. Of course it’s normal to have lots of questions, but try to save them up for one email or meeting, rather than constantly bombarding your suppliers.
Heather Capture Photography
Your wedding suppliers are professionals, so it’s important that you trust them and try not to micromanage them. They’re there to help take the stress off you and help you have the day of your dreams, but if you interfere with the way that they work, it’s only going to cause tension between the two of you. It’s perfectly okay to question or to ask for clarification if you don’t understand something, but trusting your suppliers will make the process a lot less stressful.
Andy J Photography
WEDDING FAIRS AND WEDDING SHOWS
We know you can’t visit wedding fairs and shows at the moment but we will soon be back to normal again, so make sure you Save the Date in your diary for the fairs that are coming up in the Summer and Autumn. These are great for meeting LOTS of wedding companies all under one roof, give you ideas and inspiration, meet the suppliers face-to-face and give you idea of what the amazing wedding companies have to offer.