(Closed) Already Overwhelmed with Vendors! Help!

posted 6 years ago in Logistics
Post # 3
3697 posts
Sugar bee

Talk to your friends who have gotten married, and their friends who have gotten married … tap into the networks of anyone you know who has recently been through wedding planning in your area.

Set yourself free from the feeling that you have to look at every option. You don’t need to vet all the DJs or photographers in your area and price range, you just need to find one DJ and one photographer that will work for you. Set yourself free, too, from the pressure that you have to have the very best X and the be-all-end-all Y. It’s much easier and less stressful to you to settle on a “good enough” DJ, photographer, bakery, etc.

Wedding planning can be as stressful as you allow it to be. The key is to accept that some of the stress is beyond your control, but some of it is “discretionary,” so to speak, and you can limit it by deciding, “We’re going to focus on finding a good [X] rather than the best [X], and be happy with that.”

Post # 4
2692 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I agree with the pp.  With a tigh budget, I settled for good enough photographer.  I just need decent pics, nothing super fancy or artistic.  I got a professional who will give me decent shots and a CD full of extras I can print off msyelf.  Plus I get him all day.

As for the research.  I totally understand.  It took me  long time to find my vendors.  But I didn’t meet with everyone.  I couldn’t. Luckily, most vendors either sent me their price packages by mail or told me over the phone. That way I could decide who I wanted to ‘talk’ with some more or meet with.  

I am in talks with a DJ right now.  I will be in charge of the music list and I want to know how animated he is, as far as interacting and making the party live.  I am trying not to be too controlling though… as long as he does his job (a good one) I’ll be happy.

Post # 5
962 posts
Busy bee

what helped me was that I focused on one type of vendor at a time. For instance, I spent a couple of weeks just looking at photogs and then choose one. I then spent a couple of weeks looking at just videographers. Then I spent two weeks just looking at florists. You get the point. Once you talk to a dozen people and got a dozen or so quotes and looked at a dozen or so portfolios you get an idea of what a good price/package for a photography/videographer/dj is in your area. Good luck!

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