Post # 1
How can Vermont wedding vendors be so far behind? I am newly engaged in Washington DC and planning my wedding back in Vermont where I grew up. I’m shocked at how few VT vendors utilize the internet to really sell their products and establish a persona with prospective brides! I’ve found few so far that actually keep and maintain blogs. And don’t even get me started on Vermont Bride magazine…at least VT Vows is a bit better and their site is helpful, even if the blog is less than lack luster. With so many amazing, talented people in VT, how can they be so far behind?! Guess it just makes my job a little bit harder and a little bit more intersting! 🙂
Just a newly engaged bride to be venting!
Post # 3
Haha it might also mean they’re a little cheaper. In Charleston, anything and everything wedding related realllllyyyyy puts a dent into the pocketbook and we’re fairly small!
Good luck with finding things though, I’m sure it will all end up really beautiful in the end!
Post # 4
That’s half the reason I’m getting married where I’m from, not where we’re living now. A lot of wedding vendors down here don’t advertise, and I’m leary on booking with someone without a proven reputation, I like finding people online with good reviews!
Post # 5
Gwen – Check out some of the MA vendors — so many of them would be willing to travel up to VT, and they are ALL OVER the web! 🙂
Post # 6
Gwen — I hear ya! I’m planning from long distance (CA to NY). My wedding is in Upstate NY and the vendors are SO out of touch!!! sometimes I feel like I give suggestions to them! If you want, follow my blog at http://crosscountrywed.blogspot.com .. its all about my long-distance planning experience
Post # 7
I’m honeymooning in VT, and my fiance were considering having some "day-after" pictures taken there because we LOVE VT and we didn’t think our own pics would do the scenery justice. I tried looking online for a photographer, but none of them had websites, and very few had online gallery portfolios or blogs. It was so frustrating, that we just gave up the idea!
It’s so weird because I’m certain a LOT of weddings take place in VT. I totally feel your frustration!
Post # 8
That’s the thing that bugs me the most! I know the vendors are out there and I know that they are really talented – I feel like they need to follow Inspired By This or Smart Planner to pick up a few things! These days it has to be about more than advertising in one semi-decent publication. Print ads are really tired…
Sminerva21 – the best blog I’ve found for VT photogs is Daria Bishop – http://www.dariabishop.com/dariasday.htm. She is one of my front runners – because she actually has a blog! – and I think her work is pretty good.
Thanks for the advice and thoughts ladies! 🙂 Good luck to you all!
Post # 9
No no! Stay local! There’s lots of vendors up here that would love your business! I found most of my vendors either word of mouth or through Vermont Bride Magazine, which I think is a fun publication as far as Vermont distributed bridal magazines go. I think they must stay busy enough so choose not to spend as much on advertising? Not sure. Good Luck!
Post # 10
Where are you having your wedding? I live in the NEK and know of people, but just by word of mouth. I am actually having my wedding in hometown in the Finger Lakes, but I have used a few vendors here for various things, like dress alterations.
I actually went to Montreal to get my dress, I was so not inspired by what they had to offer around here.
Post # 11
Vermont is definitely word of mouth, but I am also speaking from the perspective of the fourth of four family weddings in Stowe, Vermont. Case in point: we used the same florist (Pecks in Morrisville) and dj (Top Hat out of South Burlington) that my sister used last year. We found our caterer at the Stowe Farmer’s Market (Black Diamond Barbeque). Our bartender was recommended by my other sister last year as “someone who could do the job” and now has his own little business out of it (Carr Bar). I will post reviews of all soon.
I hear you on the blog thing though. I was really looking for more Vermont-inspired stuff –besides the maple syrup-theme things– when planning my wedding and not just vendor info. Vermont Vows was just ok, in my opinion. I think WeddingBee has so much more to offer!
sminerva21 – Check out Curran Photography out of Waitsfield. Ellen did our wedding and we were very pleased with her. They do such an incredible job of capturing “the setting” –it’s why we chose to get married in Vermont, after all.
GaBGal – If your interested in going local on things, our invitations were done by Foxglove Press out of Sharon Springs, NY. They were letterpressed and I designed them myself. If you’re so inclined to design them yourself, this is a really good option. (their website is very boring, but Tom was great to work with.)
Post # 12
- Wedding: September 2010 - Heinz Chapel Ceremony, Museum Reception
Check out Mrs. Onion’s posts! She got married in Burlington!
I was just on vacation in Vermont for a week, btw. I totally know what you’re talking about–it is LEGIT rural up there. Just keep reminding yourself it will be part of your wedding’s charm??
@mskalinin–I’m from the Finger Lakes area too!
Post # 13
I am also from Vermont, getting married in Vermont and want to use local vendors but…I no longer live there and planning via internet makes Blogs/websites so important. VT seems to be a fairly popular wedding destination so you’d think there would be more out there. It looks like Burlington is a LOT better than SOVT, but then SOVT has the Capital District to pull vendors from.
I am getting a lot of help from a friend who got married in Manchester last year- probably using her florist and wedding cake designer.
Definetly a chance for the right vendors to really jump in and build a business!
Post # 14
I’ve been struggling with getting Vt business to send me their info for my blog for years- but you may find some helpful things here: http://www.underthemoonblog.com on my blog and http://www.storiedlocations.com, which focuses on just New England locations. Attending bridal shows is a great way to find vendors and there are several throughout the yearCheck out http://www.vermontweddingassociation.com for more info.
I hope that helps! Back when I got married, NO one was on the internet 🙂
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