An engaged couple is faced with countless decisions when beginning to plan their wedding: What is the theme? What are the colors? What will the decor entail? Which vendors are going to help us achieve the wedding of our dreams?
Solidifying the right vendors is one of the most important stepping stones to your wedding. If you’ve ever attended a bridal show, you know how overwhelming the sheer number choices for photographers, caterers, venues, wedding planners, bakers, designers, etc. can be. Here are some helpful hints from local expert and events and membership director, Jenna Heilman, of Cypress Club (The Reserve at Lake Travis), to assist you with your vendor selection.
Start with a reputable source
Use your resources, like Texas Wedding Guide, to compile a list of vendors that you are interested in. Don’t be afraid to ask for references; any reputable vendor will be happy to share some of their past clients with you. Then, narrow your list to no more than 3 vendors of each category. You will stress yourself out if you try to meet with every single vendor. More often than not, too many choices can be more damaging than too few.
Ask for a consultation
You need to interview your vendors, just like they need to interview you. Not every vendor is perfect for every bride. Bounce ideas off your vendors, tour the space to discuss the ceremony/reception options and ask for a personalized proposal. No two weddings are alike, so don’t settle for someone else’s template.