If you’ve already started planning your wedding, you’ve probably realized that you need to deal with a seemingly never-ending parade of wedding vendors in order to organize everything you need for your big day. Everything from your flowers shop to your caterers will have a liaison that you need to deal with personally, and the number of meeting you need to schedule and attend just to get everything finalized can seem very overwhelming. Fortunately, prepping for meetings with your wedding vendors can be a fun and relaxing experience if you know what to expect and what to ask. Below you will find some things to be prepared for before you go to your meetings so you can get every detail right without pulling out your hair or going gray.
Know Budget and Priorities
Before you schedule any meetings with your wedding vendors, you need to know your exact budget. This will help you figure out which vendors can take priority financially over others so you can negotiate the best prices. For instance, if your really want your reception dinner to be delicious, you can set aside more budget room for the caterers. If you really like the taste of a fine wine, you can make you alcohol budget a little larger and cut back on something else. Your wedding budget priorities are a personal choice and completely up to you as a couple, but you want to make sure you have the details worked out before you go to your meetings with your wedding vendors.
Before you schedule and vendor meetings, you should get an idea of their prices and shop around with their competitors. The cost of a specific wedding service can vary from vendor to vendor, so shopping around can end up saving you a big chunk of money. Also, don’t be afraid to use a vendor’s competition as leverage to try to get a better deal. Mentioning that their competition offered you a better price can sometimes get them to beat their price or offer you a more inclusive package. Doing your negotiating with multiple prospective vendors instead of price shopping in advance will add unnecessary time and stress to the planning process, so try your best to get this taken care of before you go to your vendor meetings.
Be Detail Oriented
Focusing on the details can not only ensure you find the perfect vendors for your wedding, but it can also ensure that you get the most or your money. Make sure you talk in depth with each of your vendors to make sure that you know exactly what services they will provide you and how much it will cost. The last thing you want is to be expecting something on your wedding day that isn’t delivered because it was never part of the original agreement. The best thing to do with your wedding vendors is to put everything in writing so both side know exactly what to expect when your big day arrives.