Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Choosing a Vendor

Details, Details! This is where the Wedding Process can begin to change from fun and exciting to stressful and tedious. So many things to decide, but where to begin?

       You should begin by determining how much money should be allocated for each vendor.
Caterer, Cake, photographer, flowers and all the other extras to make your day special. What is the most important thing to you? Do you want a formal dinner or buffet? Do you want a fabulous show-stopping cake or cupcakes or a dessert bar? Simple flowers or elegant arrangements?

Your reception will probably account for around 50% of your wedding budget. This would include the venue, caterer, bar, cake, etc.

There should be approx 10% for music , photography and flowers.

20% of your budget should be for dress, invitations, limo, groom's tuxedo, etc.

What about the other 20% ? This would include all the incidentals that you didn't really think of. The payment for the officiant, the wedding site, i.e. church, and all the little things that pop up or you just have to have to make that day special.

Now, how do I choose my vendors? It helps if you have a theme in mind. It keeps your focus  in choosing the menu, cake style and all the other things. It gives you a direction, because you will come across so many other ideas you may find yourself scattered. Ask friends and family in your area if they have used any vendors. Would they recommend them? Make a list of things that are important to you for each vendor. Set up an appointment with them and make sure that you take your list of questions. Ask to see or taste samples of what they will be providing.

Your choice of vendors will contribute in making your day a happily memorable one, so it is very important that you feel comfortable with those vendors that you choose. Give yourself enough time to not be rushed into a decision.

Remember, it's your day and your choice!