Choosing your wedding suppliers wisely can have a big effect on your wedding planning – after all, good communication with great vendors can save you a lot of stress in the lead up! So here’s how to get the most from your wedding suppliers to make sure you’re picking the best match for you, according to wedding website and directory Guides for Brides…
Pick according to your style AND budget
When picking your suppliers, it’s important to balance getting the right price with the right style. 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.
Make sure you mesh
Once you have your shortlist, have a chat with your prospective suppliers, either in person or over Skype, 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.
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.
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.
To find the best wedding suppliers for you, why not set up your own personal online wedding planner at Guides for Brides? You’ll be able to search the best-rated local suppliers and read reviews from real brides, as well as track what you’ve spent on each supplier in your budget tracker! Sign up todayto get all your wedding planning in one place.