You just started the daunting task of looking for wedding vendors for your special day, where do you begin?
Google, Social Media, asking a friend/family member who they used for their wedding?
All great options but no matter where you find them and/or who refers them to you, you must ALWAYS
do your due diligence!
So what are the things you should be looking for? No matter what type of vendor, first thing you look at is their website
If they do not have a professional website, I would keep looking
What about all those Facebook Wedding Groups? Same thing, the second you post an ISO post, you will be inundated with so many people/vendors making suggestions and/or posting their business link
If you click on their FB business page, make sure you look for their website as ANYONE can have a business page on Social Media
Unfortunately Facebook Groups are where the scammers go to hunt, so be very careful! That old saying “if it’s too good to be true, it probably is” so when you find a vendor with bargin basement pricing, be very cautious. That’s why I say if they do not have a professional website, move on
If they do not invest in themselves, then why should you
You also want to look for past client reviews. No reviews, move on
In this day & age all reputable businesses will have reviews so be sure to do a Google search
Next, ask if they are insured? That’s another BIGGIE! All professional vendors will have business insurance
Most venues will be asking for your vendors to show proof of insurance & if they can not provide it, the venue will not allow them in the building. Not something you want to discover on the day of your wedding when your decorator (who’s prices were so amazing) calls you to tell you that they cannot set up your wedding decor
Do they have any certifications? Again, goes back to my comment if they do not invest in themselves, then why should you?
Professional vendors will have taken certification courses in their field & continue to educate themselves
This is where you will more than likely find client reviews on the vendors you are interested in
Once you are satisfied that the vendors you are interested in are indeed professional, then feel free to set up an in-person meeting with them. Choose 2-3 vendors per category then choose the one who you feel is the best fit for you & your wedding
Remember, good, professional vendors are not cheap but when they have professional websites, insurance, online marketing, certifications, great reviews & beautiful Social Media pages, you know you are getting your monies worth