Booking Vendors – how many did you meet before signing?

posted 3 years ago in Money
  • poll: How many of each did you meet with? (average)
    1-2 : (15 votes)
    60 %
    3-4 : (4 votes)
    16 %
    5-6 : (0 votes)
    As soon as I clicked with someone I booked : (6 votes)
    24 %
  • Post # 3
    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • 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
    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    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
    22 posts
    • Wedding: June 2014

    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
    30 posts
    • Wedding: May 2014

    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 # 9
    1670 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    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
    886 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I say meet with at least two vendors that way you can compare and negotiate pricing.


    Post # 11
    8480 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    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.

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