I'm Engaged! Now What?: Part Two

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Once you have decided on your budget, guest list and location, you should start selecting the team that will bring your big day to life. Assembling the perfect team of experts for your day is crucial in the success of your wedding day. Remember, it is not only about style and budget, but you need to be able to trust each person in carrying out your vision. Here is a list of the vendors you may consider hiring for your day:

Wedding Planner
Ceremony Venue
Reception Venue
Cake Designer
Ceremony Entertainment
Reception Entertainment
Lighting Designer
Linen Supplier
Rental Company

In an effort to secure your preferred vendors, prioritize your interviews with the professionals that need to be present on your wedding day. For instance, your photographer will probably only be shooting one wedding per day however your stationer or linen supplier can obviously service more than one couple per any given date.

While interviewing, always ask for references, review contracts line by line and be upfront about your budget. Many vendors will customize their services to fit your needs and budget, so it is important to be honest. This will save time and frustration for all involved.

NOTE: All vendors require a non-refundable deposit to hold your wedding date or start services. Be prepared to put out close to 50% of your entire wedding day budget during the beginning of the planning process.

1 comment:

Nicole-Lynn said...

Great advice! It can be very overwhelming... especially searching for the right venue; that's where we are at right now. :)