Planning a wedding is already time consuming and difficult enough, but the added hassle of choosing wedding vendors from a never ending list can really making a tough job worse. Since the internet became the ultimate place to research vendors, many of them have started exploiting services to make their company look better than they actually are. Some vendors even go as far as to pay for fake reviews on the most reputable wedding resource sites to camouflage their poor customer service and products. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to properly research your vendors and identify which ones are actually going to live up to their end of the deal, and some of these tips should help you find what you’re looking for.
Visit Bridal Fairs
Bridal fairs are a great place to start your search because you get to meet the vendors face to face. Though it is still possible to find lackluster wedding vendors at a bridal fair, the chances quickly decrease because it’s expensive to get a booth at a fair typically and it is much harder to bluff when asked questions in person. As long as you know what to ask and what you’re looking for from a particular vendor, you should be able to tell if they know their trade or make stuff up. A simple internet search should allow you to find a local bridal fair or expo without too much trouble.
Preferred Vendor Lists
If you’ve already chosen a ceremony or reception location, they usually can provide you with a preferred vendor list that they’ve compiled over the years. This type of list is usually made up of vendors that have provided services multiple times at that venue and have done consistently high quality services. Most wedding or reception venues won’t recommend a wedding vendor unless they know that they’ll deliver, so preferred vendor lists are usually a pretty safe bet.
Probably the most reliable source of knowledge about a specific vendor can be obtained by a direct referral from a friend or family member that has used them personally. If you know someone who was recently married and had a specific wedding vendor help at their event, you can ask them about the vendor to see if they are a good choice for you. I personally was referred a place that sells wedding sparklers that I would never have found if it weren’t for my friends. Most of the wedding sparkler stores I found through internet searches only had a limited selection available, and I wanted really long sparklers for my wedding. The site I was referred to offered 36” wedding sparklers which were perfect for how we wanted to use them at our reception. Personal experience is always the most sure-fire way to know what you’re paying for is what you’re actually going to get.
Multiple Review Websites
If you didn’t have any luck at bridal fairs or finding referrals you can trust for a specific type of wedding vendor, you’re not completely out of luck. Fortunately, there are tons of great review websites out there that specifically cater to weddings, so you can cross-check a vendor on several websites to get a good consensus. Unscrupulous vendors can make their company look better than it is on handful of websites, but chances are that can’t get it done on all of them. There comes a point where it is just too much work to manage their appearance online and actually start providing good service so their customers can spread the good word for them. If a vendor receives high marks across the board, chances are you won’t be disappointed when your big day arrives.