(Closed) How Did You Find Your Wedding Vendors?

posted 6 years ago in Reception
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

A lot of them came from the bee vendors lol then I check reviewa on wedding wire, their website and emailed them.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Mainly google searches and reviews on Yelp.  Found calligrapher and photography through Weddingbee, and a few I found through the credits on photo blogs of weddings in the same region.

I definitely didn’t do an exhaustive search.  Once I found someone I felt good about, I stopped looking, and if they passed the phone-test, I signed the contract.  The only things I saw in person prior to booking were my venue and caterer.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

Mainly google searching. 

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

I’m feeling that way with photographers, although I’m still in the early stages.. there are so many choices!!  So right now I’m just starting with photographers my friends have recommended.  As for everything else.. a helpful way to go through was looking at threads here on weddingbee that were region specific about vendors, ie “Chicago brides what are your vendors”, and I noticed some vendors several bees used, further investigation showed good reviews etc etc 🙂

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I have friends in almost every area of the wedding industry. For the few areas that we don’t know someone already, I interviewed several candidates on all ends of the price spectrum to get an idea of price vs quality.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

I did a lot of online research – wedding bee, the knot, yelp and wedding wire.  I contacted the people who had the best reviews, and then I went from there.  A couple of people have also been through referrals – I found my wedding planner b/c she was referred to me by my reception venue.

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@jennylewis:  For a lot of them, I decided to take matters into my own hands and met a ton of vendors.  I chose based on personality of vendors, and how easy they were to speak with, and if they were able to be on the same page with me about style.  Good luck vendor shopping!

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

Bridal expos are a great way to get vendor info- I interviewed 2 of the photographers I met there, however I ended up going with a photographer another bee who got married at my venue used (PM’d her to ask about preferred caterers.)

I found our caterer at an open house at one of the venues we were considering. DJs we found on wedding bee.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I got alot from other vendors, believe it or not. The venue manager gave us good recommedations for the florist and DJ; the DJ gave us good recommendations for a place to have the engagement party and rehearsal dinner and that venue hooked us up with the cake baker. The florist hooked us up with a framer who gave us a great discount on a display for the reception. Everything else was reviewed by family.

My cousin is a professional photographer and he’s paying for his team to fly into the US to do my wedding and his reviews were awesome so no worries there. FMIL’s best friend’s husband is a certified celebrant ordained in NY.

I think vendors were the best reviewers since they want your business and they know the people they work with on a regular basis.

 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Hmm… we don’t actually have a ton of vendors.

Our venue is actually a room in a large convention center that was hosting a bridal fair we went to, and just happened to have someone tell us that we should check out the room. Ended up really liking it and booked it. 

Our photographer is a friend who’s an amateur, but he’s done a couple of weddings so far and our engagement pictures, and they were fantastic. 

Our DJ was through someone we heard DJing at a bar one night, it was a really good night and he was playing awesome music, so we talked to him. He has his own DJ business with other DJs, but he always works at a bar Saturdays, so we’re using one of the DJs through his company.

Our cake/flowers are from HEB (grocery store in TX). It was inexpensive ($117 for a wedding cake and groom’s cake for ~95 people), they deliver, and they’re super nice. Their cake was really good too. 

I’d basically just say to keep your eyes and ears open. Do research, that’s about it. 🙂

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Your venue might have a list of preferred vendors they can give you which is a good starting point.  We found our DJ because my best friend used them, and subsequently, 3 other friends have used him too – and he’s awesome so we just booked him when we found out he was available.  I found my photographer because I just love his work – I heard about him through a friend and knew even before I was engaged that I wanted him to do our pictures.  He actually recommended a florist to us – their kids go to school together and when we met her, we fell in love with her too!  (And she was a better price than the other one we considered).  Word of mouth is good, and also just doing a lot of research and asking your venue who they recommend. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I went to a few bridal shows and met with vendors. I actually ended up using a photographer I met at a bridal show. I did not make any decisions at the bridal shows. Making quick decisions without doing my research just does not sit well with me. I ended up going back to my photographer because her personality and work really stuck out to me. I also used weddingwire and google to search for reviews and decided to stick to making appointments with companies that only had majoirty of good reviews. I also looked at local wedding magazines/books I guess you could call them that give you info on local vendors. I completely agree though, I did feel overwhelmed. I did my fair share of research in each area, left it alone for a little while and made appointments to meet with the companies/people that I could remember that I liked (I figured if I couldn’t remember the name then it probably wasn’t something that really stood out to me as being something I really liked).

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

My venue had a list of recommended vendors. I selected my photographer, videographer, DJ, and cake designer from this list. I also considered two of the floral events vendors that the venue recommended; however, I did not end up using either of them.  In hindsight, I wish I would have at least met with some other photographers and videographers, since I’ve seen some amazing work elsewhere subsequent to my wedding. (Not that the gentlemen with whom I contracted for these services are not talented or nice, because they are. However, I’ve seen some other approaches to these services subsequent to my wedding that I think I may have preferred if I had known that these options existed at the time of my wedding.) I was extremely pleased with my DJ and cake vendor, however.

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My Fiance did the research by using google, yelp, the knot and weddingwire.  He read reviews and even contacted reviewers for additional info on some vendors.  We then decided which to meet with and who to sign.  We are feeling very confident with our choices and hope all goes well the day of the wedding.

 

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