What types of vendors did you have? POLL

posted 2 years ago in Logistics
  • poll: What type(s) of vendors did you use?
    Outside Professionals : (57 votes)
    57 %
    DIY : (19 votes)
    19 %
    Friends/family : (24 votes)
    24 %
    Other : (0 votes)
  • Post # 2
    9543 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2016

    The only friend I hired for my wedding was hair/make-up artist. My uncle was going to perform the ceremony but had to pull out at the last minute which I think was for the best anyway as he was kind of pushing for a more religious ceremony than we wanted.

    Post # 3
    3595 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    somathemagical :  my Brother-In-Law was our officiant (but he had done a few weddings before), and I DIYd my makeup. i should have DIYd my hair because the stylist was useless. sigh. i semi-DIYd our invitations (orderedd the invitation from Minted, but did the envelope calligraphy and liner myself). everything else was pro (and i was TOTALLY happy with)

    Post # 4
    1353 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2017 - The Lodge at Little Seneca Creek

    My friend’s husband was our officiant. My aunt is a retired hair dresser, so she did my hair. My sister did my make-up (she isn’t a professional or anything, but she’s really good at it!).

    The rest we left to the professionals (venue, catering, DJ, photography, flowers, etc.). We skipped some things that we felt we didn’t need (videography, coordinator, etc.). We’re happy with all of our choices!

    Post # 5
    1749 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    somathemagical :  DIY decorations. Friend Officiant. Pros for everything else.

    Post # 6
    912 posts
    Busy bee

    Our venue and caterer are outside professionals. Our photographer is a pro who is friend of FI’s, our DJ is a semi-pro who is our friend, and the officiant is FI’s friend. I’m doing my hair and makeup with the help of one of my close friends who is a stylist. We aren’t doing decorations and I’d rather not have flowers, but Fiance is considering personal flowers for himself, our kids, and our mothers. We are going to do our invites off Vista print or something similar. 

    Post # 7
    616 posts
    Busy bee

    somathemagical :  I am not DIYing or relying on friends for anything. Not because I wouldn’t LOVE to, but because I don’t have any friends who are vendors. Also, because I am planning the wedding from a distance and only have the Friday before my Saturday wedding off, DIY seemed way too overwhelming.

    I worked at a florist shop in high school, and considered DIYing simple floral centerpieces, but decided that trying to make that work with only the Friday off was going to be something I wished I paid someone to do.

    This is a fun to see what others say!

    Post # 8
    1710 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    The only non professional vendor we had was our officiant. She is my MILs best friend and did our wedding for us for free. Thankfully, as it was 400-600 for an officiant.

    We did not really DIY much.

    We had a professional for everything else: hair, makeup, florals, decor designer, venue, etc. 

    Post # 9
    58 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2016

    We had a simple backyard wedding and I DIYed as much as I could.  

    Pro: Photographer, Officiant, caterer (AMAZING taco bar from Qdoba), wedding cake

    DIY: save the dates, invitations, flower arrangements, bouquets, boutonnieres, favors, signage, wedding advise cards in lieu of a guest book, decorations, fruit cheese and veggie trays, husband brewed beer

    Family: Cupcakes, hair/make-up

    Post # 10
    64 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: April 2017

    Pro: food, photographer, officiant, invitations, violinist at ceremony

    Family: hair, cake

    DIY: flowers, music on Spotify

    We paid $$ for the stuff we found important or difficult to do ourselves. We weren’t too fussed about flowers or reception music, so we just did them ourselves.

    Post # 11
    593 posts
    Busy bee

    Here is mine – 

    Dress – Dress Designer – getting this made

    Shoes – bought online

    Hair/ Make up – professionals at home for four bridesmaids & I 

    Cake – outsourced through a cake shop however my sister might be making some sugar flowers for the top. 

    Video – hired videographer

    Photos – we have a friend who is a photographer

    Flowers – getting bouquets & button holes done by florist. Getting hair flowers & table flowers from wholesaler & doing ourselves. Bought all the cut crystal vases myself either through department stores or ebay site

    Music – we have a friend who is a DJ but we are supplying the songs

    Lolly Station – Doing ourselves, buying jars & cousin is making family cupcakes

    Food – our reception venue & alcohol

    officant – through the church

    Invites – through professionals but very simple/ classic. We wax sealed the invites ourselves

    Post # 12
    388 posts
    Helper bee


    • Our pastor was our officiant
    • Photography was done by an acquaintance who is a professional, and we paid her full price.
    • Bouquets were provided by a friend’s florist shop. (This store customarily will provide stems and space for bridal parties to do their own bouquets, but my friend made them for us as a gift. 🙂


    • Save the dates and invitations were ordered on Etsy and printed at Staples
    • Favors (hot chocolate mix in little boxes)
    • All the ceremony and reception decor
    • My makeup and bridesmaids’ hair
    • We self-catered


    • Some help with collecting and making centerpieces
    • Decorating the reception hall
    • My cake was made by a dear friend who’s made many wedding cakes in the past
    • My pastor’s wife did a fantastic job on my hair!
    • Friends assembled and laid out/served our meal
    • Tear-down

    Most weddings in my friend group are heavy on the “team effort” department, and I love that! I’ve helped with five weddings and had so much support for mine!

    Post # 14
    2642 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2016

    We used a bit of a mix now that I think of it.

    Professionals: venue + catering, band, florist, makeup artist, hair stylist, photography, celebrant, transportation

    DIY: save the dates + invitations (ordered through Vistaprint/Wedding Paper Divas, assembled and had addressed by me), non floral decor (seating chart, signs, placecards), bathroom boxes

    Friends/Family: cake (my sister is a pastry chef so made our cake for us), MC (we asked DH’s Brother-In-Law if he would do this for us)

    Post # 15
    1476 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2017


    1. DOC
    2. DJ
    3. Florist
    4. Caterer
    5. Cake
    6. Watercolor Artist
    7. Venue
    8. Transportation
    9. Hair
    10. Makeup


    1. Officiant (BIL)
    2. Mom painted a watercolor of our venue, which served as part of decor but I also included a copy in each invitation
    3. Ceremony music (friend’s partner is professional sound editor, and he seamlessly edited and looped all of our music)


    1. Invitations
    2. Menus
    3. Favors


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