Which wedding vendors you hire will be one of the most important decisions you make about your wedding day. The quality of your vendors will be the main factor that determines a fun, stress-free and beautiful wedding for both you and your wedding guests. Below are a few of our tips and tricks to picking the right vendors for your big day

preferred_vendorRecommendations are great…sometimes. While recommendations from family and friends who have recently gotten married can give you a great place to start with choosing wedding vendors, you have to remember that there’s no one caterer, band or photographer right for every wedding. If you don’t have the same tastes and personality as the advocate, make sure to do further research on the vendor to ensure they have the ability to change it up. You also never want to use all of the same vendors as a friend or family member – you’re wedding will then feel like déjà vu for some wedding guests.

To make sure your personality and style are a good fit, contact vendor references. Once you’ve been able to pare down your list of possible wedding vendors, it’s always great to talk to a few couples that vendor has worked with in the past year. They can give you a better idea of the vendor style, temperament, cooperation and helpfulness through the wedding planning process.

As you know, first impressions matter. When you first contact and meet a potential wedding vendor always note your initial impressions. If communicated via phone or email, how quick is he or she to respond to your inquiries and requests? Is he or she professional when discussing your wedding? If you have a feeling this vendor won’t be receptive or responsive to your needs, go with your instincts and move on.

Variety is the spice. Look for someone with a portfolio that encompasses a wide range of wedding styles but a consistent level of quality. Someone with just one singular style will likely be unable to be flexible to bend to your unique wedding needs.

Pick someone who gets you. One of the most important parts of deciding on a wedding vendor is to make sure to choose someone who clearly understands what you want and need from him or her on your wedding day. You also need to have vendors who you get along with; you’ll be spending a lot of time communicating with them.

Choosing the right vendors for your wedding can easily make or break your wedding day. If you follow these simple tips you will be able to find and hire vendors that will work well to make your day absolutely amazing.