As an engaged couple, you want everything about your wedding day to be flawless. Selecting the appropriate vendors is one of the critical components in achieving this goal. Here are five essential tips to assist you in choosing the best Atlanta wedding planner, photographer, videographer, florist, caterer, musician, or any other sort of vendor for your big day.
Don’t postpone your vendor searching until the last minute. Give yourself plenty of time to research, compare offerings, ask questions, receive a quote, and book the vendors. In addition to helping you secure a better rate, starting early will also help you avoid missing out on a great vendor as they usually book up pretty fast!
Search for vendors who specialize in wedding services specifically. Check out their social media to see if their work aligns well with your vision, but don’t stop there! Read reviews from previous clients. Try to attend bridal expos as well to meet many vendors in person and talk through any questions you may have. Websites, such as Zola, are also very effective at helping you find many vendors and read their offerings, FAQs, and reviews to begin communicating about quotes! Your wedding planner is also a great resource as they will likely have many vendors they can recommend know are reputable.
As we discussed prior in our Getting Started With Wedding Planning post, your wedding budget should be set first and foremost! Set a budget for each vendor category and stick to it. When you know what you can afford, you can eliminate vendors who are out of your price range and focus on those who are. Of course, throughout the planning process, you may think of new things to add to your wedding day which can affect your budget! That is why we recommend starting your planning process with an ample amount of time so you can be more flexible.
This will likely look different for each vendor but make sure you set aside the time to ask any questions you may have as well as equip your vendors with the information they need to be successful. For instance, it is important to coordinate with your DJ what type of music you want at your reception, specific songs for dances, speeches, and so much more! The more you plan and prepare alongside your vendors the more they will be able to work with you in accomplishing your vision. Vendor meetings are important as a lot may be discussed at once, make sure to always take notes of anything that you need to follow up on! Communication is key for both parties!
The first vendor you want to source is your wedding planner. Full Wedding Planning can assist you with finding the right venue, booking vendors, and making sure the whole planning process is where it needs to be. Wedding planners are very familiar with local venues and vendors and have a lot of expertise in areas that may be new to you. If you already have most of your vendors and venue selected many wedding planners offer other services such as Day of Coordination and Partial Planning, to help lighten your load and allow you to enjoy the beauty of your wedding rather than logistics!
Not working with a full-service Wedding Planner we suggest you book your Vendors in the following order:
Once all the main vendors of the wedding are established, you have time to look for those specialty services such as a photo booth, bridal stylist, transportation services, or maybe a food truck. Whatever it is make sure you remain focused on your budget and reassess it once all vendors are booked so you know where you stand!
This is a guide to help you while you are booking the perfect wedding vendors for your day. Remember to take your time, do your research, and communicate effectively, to make your day truly unforgettable!
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As an engaged couple, you want everything about your wedding day to be flawless. Selecting the appropriate vendors is one of the critical components in achieving this goal. Here are five essential tips to assist you in choosing the best wedding planner, photographer, videographer, florist, caterer, musician, or any other sort of vendor for your big day.