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Top 5 Ways to Research Wedding Vendors

How to Research Vendors for Your Wedding

Searching for wedding for vendors can be quite time consuming if you are not sure what to look for and how to research. One thing to help organize vendor information is to make a list of certain vendor categories that you need for your wedding, such as a caterer, DJ, reception venue and florist. As you are searching try to establish 3 top vendors per category. Once you establish vendors that appeal to you, you can start to dig deeper. The following are several areas to look into when researching wedding vendors.

Referrals

Ask your friends for a referral on wedding vendors they have used in the past. See if they had a positive or negative experience and if they have any suggestions. You can also ask other companies to see if they have preferred vendors that they work with. Majority of companies can provide you with a list and contact information for their preferred vendors.

Vendor Blogs

View wedding vendor blogs; the blogs usually showcase past work and you can get a vibe for the vendor’s personality. The information featured on the blog should be relevant and informative to you, the reader. The blog should help to answer any questions that you have about the company in their articles. Also, read through some of the articles that have comments on them to see what people are responding to.

Vendor Company Websites

The vendor website should be user friendly, informative and modern. You should be able to easily access the area that you are interested in. The page of interest should be attractive and appealing to you and give a clear message of services offered. The company’s contact information, including contact email, phone number and address should also be available to you.

Social Media

Check to see what social media the wedding company is involved with, such as Twitter, Facebook, Linked In and Pinterest to see the company’s activity and comments. View how active the company is in social media with their postings and how many fans they have. Also, read through comments left by other people to gage their experience with the company. Social media is one of the number one ways that companies attract fans, so it is important that they have an active and engaging page. Company reviews on sites, like Google Reviews, Yelp and other listing sites will also provide customer satisfaction feedback.

Association Memberships

Wedding vendors should also showcase recent awards, certifications and memberships to associations that they belong to. These items show that they are involved in their industry and are being awarded for providing good services. It is important that the wedding company stays current within their industry and continually learn upcoming trends and tactics.

Looking for specific services and price points can also help to narrow the field based on what you need and your budget. After you have found potential wedding vendors you should schedule a meeting to learn more about them and see what they are like. Meeting one on one with the company will provide you with more insight and help you to explain exactly what you services you are interested in. At the meeting, you should also discuss who would be providing the service on the day of your wedding. For example, if booking with a DJ service, you may have a different DJ assigned to you than the one you originally met with. If this is the case, you can ask to have another meeting with the DJ that will be there for your wedding. You want to make sure that you are comfortable and enjoy working with your vendors on your wedding day.

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Posted on October 16th, 2013 in Weddings.