Who you hire for your wedding day can make – or break – the success and ease of your day. Choosing those vendors, from location to catering to entertainment and beyond, is one of the central tasks of planning your wedding. Where do you start? Follow these three steps to finding wedding service providers to bring your dream to life.
Know What You Want
Before you make any phone calls, you and your fiancé(e) should discuss the kind of wedding you want. What is your vision for the day? What have you always dreamed about? Knowing the answers to these questions will help you describe them to vendors you may hire.
You should also know your budget and how much you have allotted for each vendor. If certain aspects of your day – photography or food, for example – are priorities to you, know this in advance. This will help you spend more where it matters most and less where it is less important to you.
You know what you want. Now it’s time to find vendors to help you achieve your goals. Where do you find them?
Bridal shows. From now until spring, there will be a bridal show every couple of weeks in Southern Maryland. There are even some fall shows! Bridal shows are a fantastic way to meet many wedding service providers on one day. You’ll be also to talk with them and their representatives, see or taste their work, and take advantage of bridal show specials. See our bridal show calendar to see what’s happening in Southern Maryland!
Online. Have you searched the SoMdWeddings.com Vendor Directory lately? Our list includes local wedding vendors in every category. You can also learn about local wedding vendors in our weekly Real Weddings or Real Engagements.
Recommendations. If someone you know was married recently, ask which vendors they loved – and which they didn’t. You can also get recommendations from the vendors you have already hired or from your venue. Local wedding vendors know each other and work together frequently. There will be others whose work they respect and admire.
It’s worth your while to talk to two or three vendors in each category before you make a decision. Interview them, preferably in person, to see how well you get along and whether their work fits the goals and vision you have for your wedding day. (Not sure what to ask? See our sample questions for photographers, bakers, caterers and reception halls, and DJs.)
When you interview vendors, ask for recent references and call them to get their impression of the person’s work.
Then, when you find someone you love, hire them! Vendor calendars fill fast, and you want your wedding on their schedule before someone else grabs the date.