Test Drive your Vendors! – it’s not optional!

Hey Guys!

I’m coming to you with an informational post today. I’m getting closer and closer to my wedding date and there are just a few things I’ve learned along the way that I want to share with you (and I rather share these thing sooner rather than later for those of you wedding planning as well).

Your vendors are all booked but the selection process does not end there, the selection process only ends after you test drive your vendors and establish a certain level of trust!

While planning my wedding, I tried to keep costs low by booking small businesses, unconventional wedding venues, or booking vendors from referrals. So how do you vet out which vendors are reliable to work with? You have to go off reputation, reviews and prior experience; that may work for regular day to day business but your wedding day is special and you want everything to go as smoothly as possible. You want to test out your vendors to make sure they care as much about your event as you do and not just another source of income coming through the door!

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WHY

Your wedding day is special and is a once in a lifetime event! So to ensure the ease and a stress free event the day of, then be sure to test drive all your vendors!  You wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it, so don’t risk the success of your event on just the “word” or “trust” in a vendor! Unless you’ve used that vendor or company before, give them a try! It’s important to get a feel for who you are working with, the last thing you want is to be stressed about someone who’s providing important services for you on your big day!!! I learned this the hard way after trying out my photographer during my engagement shoot (I’ll go into details of this experience in a later post).

Unless you have worked with this vendor before or you’ve seen them in action at other events, just try them out! Trying out the vendor will either make you have an overwhelming sense of excitement for the event day (that’s how I felt when I chose Jean Ralph Thurin to design my dress), or it will make you reconsider working with them (I also had this experience too). Sometimes there’s a separate cost associated with trying your vendor but don’t let that deter you from doing a trial run; but don’t forget sometimes it’s including in the package when you book the vendor, give it a try and don’t regret it later. From makeup to cake to photographer, caterer and dj, there’s always a way to try them out!

Let me know if you’ve ever had a hard time booking a vendor before and how you delt with it!

Happy Planning!

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