I don’t know how many of you have planned a wedding, or even an event where you had outside vendors coming in to work. I have no idea who has ever rented out a venue, hired a caterer, a photographer, a DJ, etc. But what I do know is that if you never have, one thing you must know before you start is that you HAVE to do some research. Please, I am begging you, DO NOT just pick the first person on google and go with that company. Don’t hire someone based solely on the testimony of some random person you met on the bus or because they have a google review that says they are good. Take some time out of your busy life and put in the work. You’re probably thinking right now, yes, but…….NO! Trust me, make the time. Why, you ask? Listen, grasshopper, and I will explain.
1st , you are planning on paying them, (I hope) and no one wants to spend money on something that is terrible. 2nd, having the wrong vendors could end up ruining your wedding or event. 3rd, choosing the wrong vendors could end up costing you more money in the end. Look at some of these examples below of what people thought they would get vs what they actually got. Obviously, these are pretty extreme, but still, you don’t want to be the person who is on the receiving end of any of this stuff.
So, what can you do to help lessen your chances of paying for something that is going to be terrible? You can do your research! It’s not a 100% guarantee, but it will definitely improve your odds. Compare a few different vendors for each category that you need to fill. Don’t just look at price! Look at reviews, check out their websites and contact them to ask questions. What kind of questions should you ask? Well, here are a few to get you started. If you need more, email us, and we will help you.
1. Are the samples you see on their (website, IG, Facebook, etc) images of things they have done or are they stock images?
2. Are the images you see done for an actual client or are they stylized? ( In other words, are they real or did they set it up to look real)
3. When is the last time they (made a dress, did flowers for your type of event, took pictures at a wedding, etc)
4. Are they a legal and legitimate business, do they have a business license, EIN number, etc.
5. Where can you find reviews and testimonials from past clients?
6. Do they have insurance?
7. Do they have a contract?
f something seems off, it probably is. If it’s for food, ask to try some samples. If its a photographer, maybe do an engagement session so you can get a feel for their style and personality. If it’s a venue, try to take a visit to a few different ones to look around. Ask questions, listen to the answers and listen to your gut.
Like I said before, nothing is 100% guaranteed, but you will greatly increase your odds of having an awesome vendor experience if you get to know the vendors you are using!