Post # 1
Hi ladies, I have been engaged for about 7 months now and am just starting to plan! My wedding is May 10th 2014 so I have a lot of time.
I am realizing how difficult it is to speak with vendors while on the clock! I don’t have the luxery of taking personal calls at my desk, so I need to run outside each time I get a call! Frustrating!
Is anyone else dealing with this?
How do you “make it work”?
Post # 3
You find vendors that love to email! Seriously.
Aside from an initial “get to know you” phone call (if that), all of my vendors communicated via email. I rarely had to be on the phone with anyone, even major vendors like my caterer. For those, the really important meetings were held on weekends (e.g. tasting) and we got a lot of the work out of the way then.
I had a few vendors that really loved phone calls over emails. I didn’t hire any of them. I prefer to communicate in writing primarily because there are no “Ooops, I forgot” or “Wait, you never said that” types of things.
Post # 4
I second the email thing. I’m a teacher so no time at all during the day to make calls. Plus the wedding is in Scotland and I didn’t want to pay for all the international calls. So email it was. I’ve never spoken on the phone with the florist or the photographer. I’ve met the venue rep in person, but all planning was done before that meeting and over email
Post # 5
Alt + Tab is a powerful tool haha. I honestly do most of my planning at work.
Post # 6
I had a 7 month engagement and worked around 50 hours a week. Honestly, it was hard. I spent a lot of my 30 minute lunch breaks making phonecalls, because I couldn’t duck out for phonecalls.
Post # 7
I’m a teacher, at work from about 7:30am to 4:30pm. I can’t get any planning done during the day, with the exception of my itty bitty lunch, but I’m usually dealing with students. By the time I get home, we eat dinner and clean up, it’s usually after 7pm. That is when I do the bulk of my planning, but it is a pain because I’m exhausted and generally have work stuff to do as well.
Like others have said, email is a wonderful thing when contacting vendors.
Post # 8
I work full time and go to school full time at night and I’ve managed just fine. Just do all the research you can online and start emailing people.
Post # 9
I rely on email for communicating with vendors. At times I will have to make a call, and if I do I’ll do it on my lunch break. Email is always the easiest way for me to communicate, and it’s great to have quotes, responses etc. in writing to refer back to if you need it.
Post # 10
@Artificial-Sweetener: I work full time, and I don’t do any planning stuff during work hours. I’m honestly way too busy to get anything done besides work while I’m there. I guess I could do some stuff during my lunch break, but I usually spend that time talking with my friends at work.
I, like many others have mentioned, rely mostly on email to get in touch with vendors. I usually mention right away that email is the best/preferred form of communication, and I’ve never had an issue with this. All of our vendors thus far have been great in terms of planning meetings around our schedules (evenings and/or weekends), and they’ve all been more than willing to set up appointments via email.
Post # 11
Vendors that email are the best! I also found that having a venue that was more inclusive has really helped. Having catering, linens, and furniture rentals all included in the venue fee really made planning a breeze.
Post # 12
Lunch break and email! Most wedding vendors work on weekends too, since that’s when weddings are 🙂