Stressing about booking the perfect wedding suppliers? Marie Haverly, The Wedding Expert and Founder of Isabella Weddings is on hand with her top tips…
When couples start their planning journey many are surprised to see how easy their plans come together once they start booking wedding suppliers and paying deposits. Especially once your venue is booked and the dress has been chosen, everything starts to fall in to place and you wonder why on earth other brides seem to get so stressed!
However, there are known areas of concern in the wedding planning world and one of these is wedding suppliers going out of business before your big day. It’s not too common thankfully but as a very busy and active industry, some people start a small business in good faith and then sadly have to close due to lack of work, or under the weight of expensive advertising or heavy competition.
You’ve seen the news headlines, where a bridal shop goes out of business leaving tearful brides without their dream dresses, it’s awful and so very stressful for these poor brides. I don’t want to bring you doom and gloom or worry you, but I can give you some advice that will ensure that if the worse happens you will be prepared and ready to solve the problem quickly and painlessly.
When you begin to look for suppliers always ask your venue or wedding planner for recommendations first. Ensure they have actually worked with them and can vouch for them (be aware that some venues hold a ‘paid supplier list’, where suppliers pay to be on the recommended list instead of getting on to the list by producing excellent work for the venue) and check their references with other couples and online. Speak to the supplier and ask them what they love about the industry and why they want to work with you. Long-standing businesses are often more secure, but new suppliers deserve a chance too – just do your homework before rushing in.
Just because a photographer seems lovely when you meet them doesn’t mean they are good at taking pictures or running a business. Build a relationship with your supplier, really take time to get to know them and ensure they ask enough questions about you and your day. Check their insurance (ask to see it, they won’t mind at all) and ask about contingency plans – what happens if they are sick on your wedding day for example. And, always take out your own wedding insurance too! Policies start from under £20 (as a one off payment) and this will cover you for every eventuality.
I always suggest taking your time when booking a supplier, booking too early can mean that you change your mind later in the process (once you’ve become more wedding planning savvy) and this can result in awkward and costly situations. Don’t leave it too late though – the best suppliers will of course be booked up quickly so ensure you start your research early on. Don’t just go with what your best friend had either. Their taste and style might be very different so you need to find your own suppliers so that your day can be filled with a wonderful team of people who really want the best for you.
Once you’ve started booking your suppliers then ask them for people they would personally recommend. Many good business owners will have a group of lovely trustworthy friends in the industry and believe me, having a team of people around you on your wedding day that work together often can make the day flow perfectly.
Lastly, trust your instincts, check the contract and if something feels right (or wrong) then act on that. After all you are investing in people as well as businesses so make sure you like them, they like you and understand your wedding vision, you’ll be glad you put the work in early on.
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