You’re engaged, you’ve decided on the date and most likely your venue! Now comes the time to start booking your vendors. This part can be lots of fun and can also be a little stressful as it can become overwhelming since there is no shortage of creative geniuses that would love to be part of your wedding day. That said, try and remember that this is a once in a lifetime thing in your life so try and enjoy each part of it.… especially the cake tastings!
3 Must Knows to Booking Vendors
There are several places that can be of great help to brides during this process such as magazines, websites, bridal shows to name a few. Here’s what you need to know about booking vendors.
Ask A Friend
It’s sometimes easiest to ask friends who they used and how their experience was for referrals and sometimes you even get a break on the price by being a friend of a previous client. Once you’ve done the research and have decided to go ahead and move forward with the booking process you’ll need to do a few things in order to check this off your list.
Booking Vendors Checklist
Start with reaching out to your chosen vendor to ensure that they are still available for your date. If they are still available on your date then you’ll want to inform them of the good news that they are your chosen vendor and have them draw up a contract and invoice for you. Make sure to read through each contract very carefully, ask questions if something is unclear and familiarize yourself with their policies regarding payment, how many people will be on their team for vendor meals, if they need anything additional such as power source, tables or lights. Make sure that everything you want from each vendor is outlined in the contract and see that their arrival times, departure times are clear as well as when the deliverables can be expected.
Review Contract (Closely)
Once you’ve reviewed your contract in detail you are good to pay your deposit payment and cross that vendor off your list and move on to the next one. Don’t forget to calendar when the remaining balance payment is due and if you are expected to schedule any additional calls or meetings with the vendor. As mentioned before, enjoy this time with your fiancé – someday you’ll fondly look back at this time and wish you could do it all again…enjoy watching all the wedding films as you decide who your wedding videographer will be, savor each bite of cake during your cake tastings and smell all the flowers when you meet your florist. It’s going to be an epic day!