1. Make a budget. Create a realistic budget for your wedding and stick to it.
2. Work on one category at a time. Don't try to select your photographer, florist, and baker all at once. Start with one, select them and then move onto the next one.
3. Research. Go to shows and visit online resources. Gather information on the vendors you like either by meeting them at their booth or by visiting their website and other online wedding sites.
Work on one category at a time. Don't try to select your photographer, florist, and baker all at once. Start with one, select them and then move onto the next one.
4. Find 3 vendors in each category that you liked and that fit in your budget and set up a consultation. If you can afford a cake that is $3.00/slice or less there is no need to meet with a vendor whose prices start at $3.25/slice. Those little additions add up fast and create a lot of stress when it comes to pay the bill.
5. Meet with all 3 vendors within a few days of each other. Take notes, ask questions. Try to get a firm quote and contract. Visiting more than 3 vendors can create stress and bride's often begin to confuse them.
6. Take them home and compare. Which vendor did you mesh with the best? We all have different personalities and styles. Try to select the vendor whom you felt the most connection with and also whom you felt their artistic style matched your style as well. Different vendors have different styles and we strive in those styles. Select those who meet your taste the best. And obviously, rate each vendor compared to how pleased you were with their product.
7. Make a decision within 48 hours and contact them as soon as you can to book your date. Most vendors will not hold dates. It's frustrating and stressful for brides to spend weeks researching vendors and finally choose the perfect one only to find out their date has been snatched up by another bride.