Your wedding vendors are responsible for turning your vision into reality (no pressure, right?). So it’s essential that you take the time to choose pros who you’re actually excited to work with—and who are within budget, too. Yes, the process can feel a bit daunting at first, but we’re here to help ease the stress.
Step One: Figure out the basics.
Before you start researching wedding vendors, you’ll need to have a few pieces of information set: your wedding date, your budget, and your venue. You’ll need to know if vendors are available on your date (if they’re not, it’s pretty much a deal-breaker), can travel to your wedding location, and their pricing is within your budget’s range. These important details should be firmly set before you start reaching out to wedding pros.
Step Two: Start the search
Once you feel comfortable with your date, budget, and venue, you can start researching vendors in your area. There are a few ways to find vendors. Websites like Spacebook allow you to search for vendors quickly and easily based on your location. You can also attend wedding shows where you can meet a lot of vendors in person. There’s also word of mouth, talking to recently-married friends and family members to get their recommendations. You might also want to check out vendors on social media to get a better sense of their personalities.
Step Three: Read reviews
No matter how you initially research wedding vendors, it’s a good idea to cross-reference with online reviews written by real couples. Reviews often provide insight that you might not get from looking at a vendor’s website or meeting them at a wedding expo. Take note not only of the good reviews but how a vendor responds to not-so-great ones. A vendor doesn’t have to have completely perfect reviews to be a good fit for your wedding.
Step Four: Narrow it down.
You could probably come up with a list of dozens of wedding vendors who sound amazing, but for your own sanity, don’t reach out to too many. We recommend narrowing your list to three or four vendors in each category (photographers, makeup artists, etc.) to make that initial contact with. You can always reach out to more if none of your initial picks work out.