Post # 1
I just got engaged and had been eyeing venues already, so we picked one! And May 26th was a day that for sure worked for my Fiance, so there it is!
I I thought that I was getting a late start on planning AND it was a holiday weekend so none of the vendors would be available for our date – but they ALL ARE! How do we pick?? Especially for catering and photographers – how did you end up deciding?!
Post # 2
I read A LOT of reviews. Met with them in person. Considered how quickly they responded to my emails and if they showed up on time and prepared for the in-person meetings. I also asked our venue for recommendations, vendors they had worked with before who they knew did a good job.
For the photographer it was especially important to me that thier style focus on catching candid moments rather than doing posed shots and I wanted to make sure my husband and I really clicked with them since they are the vendor you spend the most time with in person on your wedding day.
Post # 3
I read reviews, inquired about prices, researched all their work, and chose the people I felt meshed well personality wise.
Post # 4
Did the in person meetings have a big impact on your decision, or just confirm your choice? I won’t be back to my hometown where the wedding is until thanksgiving and I’m afraid if I wait that long my favorites might not be available!
I could send my parents, I could wait until November or I could skip the in person meeting – what do y’all think?
Post # 5
I’m in the midst of this too. There are so many things to choose — venue, caterer, photographer, dress, dj, florist, day-of co-ordinator, officiant etc, and trying to research all the possible options is super overwhelming. Something that’s helped has been reminding myself that the only thing at the wedding that needs to be “the one” is the person I’m marrying. All the items and vendors just need to be good enough! If it turns out there’s some other florist out there for the same price point who would have done a slightly more artistic job on the bouquets… oh well? My wedding will have flowers and they will be adequately nice! Same deal with my dress — I really really like it, but I’m sure there’s probably some dress out there I could love just as much or even more. However, mine was a great deal second hand, and now that task is done and it’s hanging up in my closet and i’m moving on! I was somewhat inspired by watching a friend plan her whole 150-person wedding in 4 months. She had no time to deliberate over vendor choices so she just chose quickly from whatever was still available, and it was all very nice!
Post # 6
The in-person meetings were crucial for me. They were a big impact on my decision. I would set up either phone or skype meetings. I absolutely would not skip meeting the vendor at all. Since you are out of town, how they communicate with you via email will be especially important though.
Post # 7
For venue it was honestly all about the aesthetic combined with budget. For music, I wanted something really specific, so it all came down to who could provide that at an affordable rate in my area.
For all other vendors, I started with only personal recommendations, next narrowed it down by price and then finally decided based on a mix of how quickly they responded to me/in-person meetings/personality.