When it comes to a wedding (or any significant event for that matter), the vendors hired to help bring the concept to life are crucial and vetting them is extremely important. From the caterer, event designers, DJ’s and entertainment to the event coordinators, all affiliated with the event need to be razor sharp to ensure the process runs smoothly. The absolute last outcome someone wants on their wedding day is to feel obligated to micromanage the very people they hired to help relieve some stress. With all these factors in mind, here are some easy steps to take when determining what vendors to incorporate in your big day!

1. Testimonials

One of the best formats of vetting vendors is to look at previous work and testimonials from previous clients. Seeing these two things will provide insight into what the vendor can do and how other’s perspectives relate to their work.

2. Compare and Contrast

If a vendor’s pricing or procedures seem unreasonable, don’t be afraid to look around and compare what other vendors are offering. Through weighing options, you might stumble upon a better deal or fit for your wedding.

3. Taste Test Before Contracts

Any vendor, whether a caterer or DJ, should be able to provide you with a sample of what you are looking for before signing any contracts. For instance, quality caterers will let you sample dishes and desserts before you solidify a menu. Think of this time as a trial run for vendors to prove why they should be a part of your special day.

4. Rehearsal

To ensure vendors are prepared for the big day, a rehearsal is necessary. Most couples have the rehearsal the night before the wedding but whenever you can access the venue space, invite the vendors so they are aware of how to access the premise, where to set-up and to go over any questions or concerns. Allowing time for this will release tension and bring a sense of security.

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