Post # 1
I just (finally) pulled the trigger on booking my makeup artist. For some reason, making this decision has been that absolute hardest to make for me thus far. I think it’s because people are going to be looking at me all night and your makeup is crucial to your overall look and vision and I’m going to be looking at pictures of my face on this day for so long that I really wanted it to be perfect. I also wanted to be able to cover the cost of makeup for my bridesmaids too since I really want them all to feel gorgeous on my day, (they are my best friends, after-all) so I needed someone more affordable.
I’m just curious what you all thought was the hardest decision in regards to vendors that you’ve had to make. Let me know!
Post # 2
cvaldes13: I lucked out because my MUA was my sisters for her wedding a year before mine, so my decision was easy bc she was amazing and I already had a good experience with her…but if I didnt that would have been really touch
I would say for me, my photographer was tough to find ( I didn;t want to spend 4k but still wanted someone good and not from a studio place). I am very glad I searched as long as I did though because when I found her I couldnt be happier
Post # 3
Our photographer by a mile. We spent a ton of time reviewing portfolios and interviewing photographers. It was really important for us to have quality photos and someone we could work with easily. I’m really happy with the photographer we ended up with.
The rest of the vendors were really easy for us. Most of them took less than a week to contact and book, and we didn’t have to go very far to find vendors we liked. We didn’t have to book a venue, though (backyard wedding), so maybe that’s what made it easy.
Post # 4
Our venue. We looked around at a few different options in town (it’s at a hotel), and really thought hard about the positives and negatives of each one – like minimum spend, food choices, extras, etc. It really came down to the minium spend, and the place I really wanted was just too far to meet without spending more than what we really needed. The place we have, which is great, was more affordable and ensured that we met the minimum for food/bev.
I had 2 photographers in mind, and if one wasn’t available that we got, I would have had no regrest choosing the other. She was about $500 more, but charged one price for as many hours as you wanted her… so she would have been worth it.
Post # 5
It was definitely our venue. I must have looked at over a hundred different places, trying to coordinate the accessibility of a caterer, planning how each would look decorated. I finally picked one, went to look at it, loved it, tried to book it, only to find that a couple had called in literally an hour before me to book it. I was so upset I actually cried. <br /><br />But we finally found another place. It was a little more out of the way, but it was beautiful and everyone loved it there.
Post # 6
At this point Iam going to say the officiant. We are not really religious and don’t have a pastor, so finding someone reasonably priced and responsive has been a challenge. Photographer was probably the second hardest. I haven’t even started looking for decor or hair or make up at this point.
Post # 7
I agree with venue. The entire feel/character of the wedding is dependent on the venue. The venue is also the largest cost item. If the venue has in-house catering or an in-house event manager, those are very large parts of your guests experience. The location and comfort of the venue itself are also very large parts of the guest experience.
Post # 8
I agree with Makeup Artist, but mainly because I didn’t know what makes a “good” one and how to choose. Everyone I looked at had great reviews and similar prices – made it a tough decision.
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2014 - Bartram's Garden
This is a hard question! Makeup was extremely difficult for me, as I dabble in makeup artistry myself; but, I did know a good, local salon, did a trial, and was sold immidately! Venue should have been harder, but I went with my gut and speaking only a few days away from my wedding, I definitely made the right choice in the right way there. Same with the dress–so many options, so many thoughts… went with my gut, and certainly made the right decision.
I’d have to say photographer was the absolute hardest vendor overall. The photos are what you remember (or rather, what makes you remember), and a bad photographer can not only ruin your photos, but your day, by being obstructive to yourself and guests. Videography, on the flip side, was the easiest, because I feel you only need the event on film, not shot like a Hollywood movie!
Post # 10
cvaldes13: Hands down, the venue. For the same reasons PPs have posted, but mostly because it was so hard to do price comparisons. One venue may include catering, but not chairs, tables, linens, silverware, or glassware. Another one will be vice versa, and the other venue will have everything but transportation and accomadations will be more expensive for your guests, etc…
It drove me and FI crazy! Especially since we obviously don’t know how much caterers, rentals, or transportation cost at the time.
Post # 11
I totally agree that venues are tough! I had a huge spreadsheet dedicated to venues. For me I think it was easier to book that for a few reasons. The first being that I had hard-fast guidelines I was unwilling to comprimise. I’m getting married in downtown Boston, MA so I HAD to have killer views. Without the views, the ballroom could have been anywhere. The other thing I HAD to have was some sort of historical aspect to it (which really limited the search). Lastly I wanted a hotel because my family is all coming from out of town.
In the end, there were really only one or two venues in my price-range. When I actually toured the venue, I fell in love so it was a pretty easy choice to make after all that.
I’ve been doing TONS of research for all my vendors so it’s not the research that got me on the makeup–for some reason even after I’d price shopped and down portfolio comparisons and found someone EXTREMELY reasonably priced whose style I loved, I just had the hardest time moving forward with the decision.