As you've probably figured out by now, booking vendors is one of the most important parts of the whole planning process...and also one of the most confusing. Just Googling "wedding photographers" in your city may be enough to send you straight to the couch for a Netflix binge because you're so overwhelmed...OK, that was a little extreme. But if the sheer volume of vendors available to you isn't enough to induce a little anxiety, finding someone with quality work, great value, and who is fun to work with might send you into a bit of a tizzy.
So, if you've already started booking people to add to your bomb wedding-day team, how do you know if they're up to the challenge? Here are 3 ways to tell that you've booked a quality vendor.
1. They are great communicators.
You might be thinking "who cares if my DJ takes 2 weeks to answer my emails? As long as he's a good at his job, we'll be golden!" While this might be true it can become a problem if you have trouble getting ahold of one of your vendors. It may seem like a slight inconvenience now but it can open the doorway for miscommunication. Setting mutual expectations for what your day will be like is super important in making sure everything flows smoothly. When you're trying to confirm your song choice for your first dance with the DJ and he doesn't get back to you to confirm until 3 days before your wedding...it's going to cause a little unnecessary stress.
2. You'd be friends with them outside your wedding.
Now, this one is certainly not a requirement but if you're going to be working with someone closely for many months or even a year of your life you'll want to get along with them well. This is mostly important for vendors such as planners, DJs and photographers who you will either be working with extensively behind the scenes or will be interacting with your guests on the day of. If a photographer takes amazing shots but your personalities don't click they might not be able to get the most natural looking or candid photos from you. You should be able to feel comfortable and trust your vendors completely so that you can go into your wedding day feeling calm and ready to get hitched!
3. They go above and beyond.
The best in the industry want to make sure you feel taken care of and that your wedding day goes flawlessly. Being in the wedding industry isn't always easy but most people genuinely love what they do and find joy out of seeing you happy! When you find someone who goes beyond their stated responsibilities to make sure you have the best day of your life, give them a squeeze (if they're into that) and make sure to tell them thank you!
These are just a few ideas to get you thinking but at the end of the day go with your gut and with someone you trust. You'll feel much more relaxed throughout the whole process if you are confident that your wedding team will deliver!