Wedding Planning

How to choose and work with Wedding vendors, professionals and service providers.

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How to Choose and Work with Wedding Vendors, Professionals and Service Providers

First Article in the Series.

Contributed by Nily Glaser of A-wedding Day
Copyrights 2004 All Rights Reserved Nily Glaser

Many brides and grooms write to A-wedding Day requesting
information about planning their weddings. The typical
inquiry is as follows. "We just got engaged. What do we do now?
Where do we begin?"
Well, weddings are very personal and each
has its own unique character. It is very difficult to list every possible
scenario but the basics are the style of wedding, the size, the budget
involved, the location and of course the bride and groom choices
and their personalities.

  • WEDDING STYLE- can range from a classic, elegant and glitzy black tie affair to a picnic in a park.

  • WEDDING SIZE- depends on the number of guests.

  • WEDDING BUDGET- can range from a few hundred to thousands of dollars.

  • WEDDING LOCATION- local or a destination wedding.

  • BRIDE and GROOM - choose the setting, the colors, the music,
    the wedding theme etc... that reflect their personalities and
    interests. Some couples hire a wedding planner, some rely
    on the experience of friends and family, but most opt to plan
    their wedding by themselves. The wedding day is only part of
    the term wedding as a whole. Wedding as it will be referred to
    in this article, includes the preparations for, and the activities
    following the big day, including the honeymoon.

    So, you got engaged and are looking forward with anticipation,
    to your dream wedding but do not know where to start and what
    to do. You are not alone! This article is dedicated to the many
    engaged couples facing this dilemma and those who want to be
    focused. It is very important that both of you, bride and groom,
    start planning your wedding as soon after the engagement
    as possible.
    This allows you to:

  • take your time, brain storm and leisurely discuss your needs and desires,
  • prevent and correct any errors,
  • deal with delays,
  • handle any possible mishaps,
  • have fun and enjoy planning your wedding rather than stress over it.

  • You need to choose your priorities first and write down everything that is very important - urgent, less important - allows for flexibility and least important - most adaptable for changes and compromises. For example:

    Very important - urgent
  • Date
  • Budget
  • Location of ceremony - location of reception
  • Size of guest list
  • Officiant - Clergy
  • A specific wedding vendor or service provider
  • Time of year, time of day

  • Having prioritized, put together your wedding information and a list of questions and requests to present to the vendor or service provider.

    Of secondary important - less urgent but needs time to organize.
  • Can be flexible.
  • Attire
  • Menu and Beverages
  • Florist
  • Cake
  • Photographer - videographer
  • Invitations
  • Musicians
  • Wedding day help - before, during and after the wedding.

  • Least important - Most acceptable for flexibility, changes and compromises.

  • Wedding day schedule
  • Readings at ceremony
  • Music selection
  • Final flower selection
  • Gifts for family and wedding attendants
  • A wedding gift from the bride to the groom
  • A wedding gift from the groom to the bride
  • Wedding favors
  • Centerpieces
  • Reception seating arrangements

  • How to find the appropriate wedding vendors professionals and service providers.

    Before setting any appointments it is a good idea to:
  • ask your friend, acquaintances and family for recommendations,
  • Attend bridal shows
  • Visit bridal shops and ask for referrals,
  • Check the internet
  • Check the yellow pages
  • Go over the written notes and organize them by priority and ease of use.

  • Armed with a list of vendors and service providers, it is time for you to
    pick up the phone and set appointments. Schedule your appointments
    by PRIORITY. So, if a specific person or company's participation at the
    wedding is required, you should contact them FIRST to find out when
    they have an opening. If the date is a priority you need to focus on
    securing an officiant, and a location for the ceremony and the reception,
    and so on. Do not limit your search to wedding specific service providers
    such as wedding consultants, caterers, florists, DJs and/or musicians,
    photographers, ceremony and reception sites and videographers, who
    also provide services to other types of parties, business events, conventions
    etc... may be open to negotiations. You may able to secure their services
    at a reduced rates or receive a free gift.

    Actually, while on the phone to set an interview appointment, request
    a price quote for a party. Give the service providers the basic information
    including number of guests, date, and hours requested and ask for a quote.

    When you arrive at the interview, with the price quote in hand, let them
    know that the party is a wedding. Do not, however, commit until you
    have accumulated at least a few bids and found the person(s) you interviewed
    accommodating and easy to work with. Oh, yes! one more thing you need
    to do before booking any of your vendors. Check them out at the
    Better Business Bureau to make sure no complaints have been filed
    against them. Once you made your choice, do not look for other
    alternatives or you'll drive yourselves crazy. Instead go on to the next
    detail that requires your attention.

    Be prepared!
    Go to each interview ready with your questions and information neatly written.
    Bring a pen and paper and take notes at meetings with the different wedding professionals, service providers and wedding vendors. These notes serve as
    a fun keepsake too.

    Visit A-wedding Day discount shopping mall and save.
    Here you'll find a wide selection of wedding gifts,
    bridal accessories, supplies, and favors at affordable prices.
    Use the money you save on other aspects
    of your wedding.

    I'll list the wedding professionals, service providers and vendors that are part of the BASIC WEDDING. You may not need every service, or you may need more than listed. Each mention will link to the information needed for a meeting with the specific vendor or service provider and the information needed from him or her. So, without further ado: here is the list in alphabetical order.

  • Accommodations - Bride and Groom, Family, Wedding Guests addressing and calligraphy
  • banquet facility - restaurant, event hall or wedding reception venue
  • beauty - make-up, spas, nails and hair
  • catering- pre-wedding parties, rehearsal meal, reception, other
  • Disc Jockey
  • destination weddings
  • Do it yourself, make your own - materials and supplies outlets
  • honeymoon -travel, guided tours, sports, recreation, other
  • jewelry - engagement ring, wedding bands, wedding jewelry, gifts from bride and groom
  • musicians
  • officiant - clergy
  • printers - save the day, invitations, reply cards, programs, place cards, menus, thank you notes, other
  • religious site - Church, Synagogue, Temple, Mosque, other
  • transportation - limo, horse and carriage, taxi, car rental for guests, other
  • travel agent- destination wedding, honeymoon, guest travel, other
  • Wedding Accessories
  • Wedding and guest Accommodations
  • Wedding Attire - Gowns, Tuxedos
  • Wedding Cakes
  • Wedding Flowers
  • Wedding gift for - best man, maid of honor, bridesmaids, ushers, kids, other
  • wedding gifts for - family, wedding party, other
  • wedding music - DJ, soloist, band or a small orchestra
  • Wedding Photographers - videographers
  • Wedding Planners
  • Wedding rehearsal and reception venue
  • Wedding Rings
  • Other important considerations

  • For articles regarding working with specific vendors, professionals and service providers, and other articles by Nily Glaser, go to Articles Have fun!

    Author Byline Copyrights 2004 All Rights Reserved Nily Glaser.

    Nily Glaser is the founder of A-wedding Day, (Hyperlink) a very popular Wedding discount shopping mall for wedding gifts, supplies and bridal accessories on a budget. A-wedding Day is a wedding planning site, resource directory and information Center, and a source for do it yourself wedding projects. She is also the publisher of the free A-wedding Day newsletter.

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