Post # 1
So I’m wondering how many florists, dj’s etc I should meet/contact before booking?
So far I’ve only met with/had a consulation with 1 florist, she seems great, love her work, the price seems to be in line with what I expected to pay. How many people did you meet with before you signed on the dotted line?
Post # 3
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@MsGinkgo: Enough to get an idea of the services offered at what prices and to see which vendors I had the best rapport with. I say to meet with at least 2 but no more than 5 or it begins to get overwhelming.
Post # 4
I e-mailed back and forth with people before meeting them, so I was ready to book when I did finally meet with them!
Post # 5
I put a TON of time into researching my options, getting a good idea of services and costs, emailing the best vendors, etc. Once I got a good idea, I only actually met with 1-2 of them.
I actually had a similar experience with my florist – a family friend who recently got married recommended her. I know she spent a TON of time researching florists, so I spent a little bit of time doing my own research, but felt pretty comfortable with the florist she recommended. I met with her this past week, and everything seemed great and on budget, so we just signed!
Post # 6
I also spend tons of time to research our vendors. Especially if I’ll be contacting them throughout the year, and they will be at our wedding, I want to make sure I will actually like working with them.
I interviewed 5 different florists before deciding on one. Once I decided on which one, I made a final visit to them to ensure I see some of their work (I visited them during the wedding season), and checked their inventories to see what I can rent. Once I was absolutely sure, I signed with my florist. I was early on the search for my vendors, so I had a bit more time to choose and interview them. I would suggest meeting at least another florist, so you can compare the price and their work. If there’s certain theme/style you are looking for, I would review their work and ensure they can deliver. Some florists are used to doing things one way, or they may not understand what you want. I guess clear communication is the key here.
I would also say start as early as possible, since most of them I met were going to raise their price for 2014, but will keep the 2013 price when I signed with them.
Post # 7
@katkat123: I did end up meeting with a second florist who was recommended by an acquaintence. She ended up quoting half the price! Turns out the girl I met with first is in pretty high demand due to her relationship with a few other vendors who do all the same wedding shows & they feed each other clients and offer discounts if you book with each other – I didn’t like her buddy photographer so I didn’t get the discounts.
Post # 9
I emailed and spoke on the phone with 3-4 of each, but I’m planning a wedding long distance so “meeting” has been pretty limited. I met with the site coordinator for my venue, and my photographer met us through skype, we meet him for the first time in a few weeks for our engagement photos.
With the band, we booked them after hearing them play.
Honestly though, a ton of my friends have gotten married in my hometown over the past few years – so with things like florists or transporation companies – if they had a great experience, I’m going with it, I don’t have the inclination to overthink it. I think if I didn’t know people who had personally used vendors I would be doing more research.
Post # 10
I say meet with at least two vendors that way you can compare and negotiate pricing.
Post # 11
I met with:
- 2 venues
- 2 photographers
- 5-6 florists (!)
- 1 DJ (and then booked someone else without meeting)
- 1 for cake
- 1 for officiant, though we just talked on the phone
If you’re happy with them I would sign them! I only met so many florists because I wanted to see what variety of quotes I would get. For everyone else…they send you their pricing info so it’s not a surprise. That’s why I didn’t meet with very many of the other ones.