In response to: Help! I have no idea how to pick vendors!
Choosing vendors to provide services for the day you are planning is a tedious task, but it must be done! Choosing the right vendor will also provide you, the planner, with some ease of comfort because they are the experts and should provide you with their opinions and ideas while working with you to get what you want.
Here are a few tips to help you out!
1. Make lists!: Lists will save your life! They will make things easier for the vendor selection. Make a list for each category of vendor you need. (ex, photographer, caterer, florist) Give each list 3-5 spots. Place your top contenders in these places. These will be the vendors that you have searched, checked reviews, viewed their website, and like what you see and want to reach out to them for more information to see if they are indeed a perfect fit. This will help you stay organized and keep track of the vendors.
2. Attend expos! : If the event you are planning is your wedding, look up bridal expos in your area and attend them! These expos will have some of the leading vendors in your city. They know what they are doing and have experience in areas that you need! Visit each booth, take notes, get contact information and listen to their spills. Also, some vendors offer you an opportunity to leave them with your information, do it! After the expo, vendors will contact you with specials and discounts just because you attended the expo. As an added bonus, expos also can give you inspiration for ideas that you may want to incorporate into your event.
3. Ask your family and friends: Family and friends can be great sources for referrals! You never know if your sister’s best friend knows a great florist. Ask questions, they may be able to help you!
When meeting with potential vendors critique their expertise, how willing they are to offer help in areas you are not familiar with, and evaluate if they made you feel comfortable about leaving a task in their hands for the event you are planning.