What makes the big day perfect is being surrounded by your close friends and family, all together celebrating one of the biggest moments of your and your partner's lives. But aside from the cheers and laughter, your vendors will single-handedly bring your wedding day to life. From the florist to the cake designer, each vendor is just as important as the other. Where do you even begin?
First, you'll want to make a list of vendors that you will need for your day. This can vary depending on the venue you've chosen, but the basic vendors are: stationer, ceremony venue, reception venue, officiant, florist, caterer, baker, musicians, photographer, videographer, makeup artist, hair stylist, attire stylist, transportation coordinator, and rentals. Whew! That's quite a list.
Second, you will need to set up meetings with each vendor to discuss with them your vision for your big day. After, the vendor will be able to generate a quote for you based on what your ideal day would be. Our keepsake planner, The Wedding Book, contains a budget section that actually allows you to keep track of multiple quotes for each vendor, payment dates, balances due, and all the mumbo jumbo that you shouldn't have to stress over.
Third, based on your connection with the vendor and taking costs into consideration you can now select your vendors that will bring your big day to life. Your vendors should work with you from a few months out down to the day before the wedding to make sure everything is perfect and all the details have been accounted for.
Tip: If you ever have any questions, don't be afraid to reach out to your vendors. A good vendor will always welcome communications from you so they can fit every detail into your wedding day.