This week we have a special guest blog post from The Wedding Secret offering advice on finding your ideal wedding supplier…
Planning a wedding is a daunting task. A lot more goes into it than most people ever consider, and it’s easy to feel like it’s all becoming a bit too much after a certain point, especially when it comes to choosing your suppliers.
As most married couples will likely tell you, finding suppliers who can provide exactly what you’re looking for; someone you will get on with; and will fit within your budget is no small feat. That said, putting in the time and effort to ensure that your suppliers are absolutely right for you is key to making your wedding day as enjoyable for you both as possible.
To help you navigate the complicated task of selecting your suppliers, The Wedding Secret have compiled a quick and easy guide to help you make sure you make the right decisions and give yourselves the best day possible.
Decide where to allocate your money
Before you even start shopping around for suppliers, now is a good time to sit down with your fiancée and have a serious budgeting discussion. This shouldn’t just be about how much you can afford to spend in total, but also about what aspects of your wedding day are the most important to you. Do you want to make sure your food is incredible, or are you more focused on having gorgeous photos and a wedding video that will put all others to shame? Are you that fussed about flowers, or would you rather have unbeatable entertainment? Having this discussion will help you massively to decide where to allocate your money. The more important a certain aspect of your day is to you, the more money you should be prepared to invest in it. High-quality suppliers don’t come cheap. This will also help you understand where you’ll have to make compromises.
Do your research
This may sound obvious, but it’s also incredibly important. This isn’t as simple as just typing ‘wedding DJ hampshire’ into a search engine and quickly browsing a bunch of websites. Look through their photo galleries. If they have testimonials on their website, read them. If you’re looking for a caterer, have a nosy through their sample menus. Watch videographers’ showreels. Listen to bands’ live recordings. The information is there to help you, so use it to your advantage!
Don’t be afraid to be picky
At every turn, you should be making sure that the supplier you’re considering is right for you. If they’re definitely not, disregard them. If it’s a maybe, put them on your backup list in case your preferred supplier is unavailable. And if it’s a definite yes, don’t waste any time! The sooner you make contact, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to book the supplier of your choice. Dawdling does no one any good.
Remember that this is your wedding. You get to be as picky as you want because it’s absolutely vital that everything is perfect for you.
Make use of venue’s ‘preferred supplier’ list
Many venues’ ‘preferred/suggested supplier’ lists are there for a reason. They are mainly comprised of businesses they’ve worked with frequently who they know are reasonable and trustworthy.
These lists are very useful tools and can often save you time and many businesses featured could well be exactly what you’re looking for. However, make sure you research into these recommended suppliers to see if they’re right for you. It’s no good booking them because they are trusted by your venue if they don’t offer something you want.
Go for all the free consultations you can
Many wedding suppliers will offer a free, no-obligation consultation to prospective couples so that you can get to know one another and so that you and your fiancée get the chance to ask all the questions you want to make sure you’re choosing the right person. Maybe you liked their website and they said they were free for your date, but that still doesn’t mean you should book them without meeting them first.
These consultations are important, so make sure you take advantage of them. Ask all the questions you can think of and make sure the supplier can definitely deliver exactly what you have in mind. It’s also important that you have the opportunity to see whether you all ‘click’. This is especially important when choosing a photographer and videographer, as they’re with you for so much of your wedding day. Use the consultation to make sure you’ll be hiring someone you can be at ease with and who will be a positive addition to your day, making your photographs look natural and relaxed.
Honestly, it’s easier than it sounds. Not being thorough enough when it comes to finding suppliers is a common mistake to make. Bear these five simple things in mind when shopping around, however, and you’re bound to end up with a day that far exceeds your expectations.
We hope we’ve made the sound of starting your supplier search just a bit less intimidating! To get started on your search, why not head over to The Wedding Secret to have a look at some of the possible suppliers we have featured?