When it comes to event vendors, the correct answer is “Yes we can!”

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If you’re in the process of planning your wedding or another event, I don’t have to tell you that there is no shortage of vendors in any given area.How do you determine which one is best for you? Of course, with budget being such a large factor for most, it is tempting to compare vendors using two main criteria: 1) the services being provided and 2) the price. Although these are both important factors to consider, you cannot underestimate the important of “attitude” when comparing and contrasting your vendor options. Make sure that before making your selection that you have a face to face conversation which each vendor. You’ll soon find out that vendors vary greatly when it comes to the issue of flexibility. Weddings and events are like people . . . no two are exactly alike. The event should be a unique reflection of those being celebrated and great event vendors will work hard to make sure that it is. If during your initial meeting with a vendor he or she responds to your specific requests or ideas with explanations of why it won’t work or why he or she can’t do it or seems to dismiss such requests with their own alternatives, beware! Often this is a red flag for a vendor who is more interested in doing it their way rather than going above and beyond to create something special for you, the client, so keep looking. Trust me, there are plenty of great and talented vendors out there who are passionate about their craft and about giving their clients the best service experience they can. So when selecting your vendors, follow these steps:

1. Research  Look for vendors for each service area and find out what each one has to offer. Be sure to read reviews and ask friends and other vendors for their recommendations. Do not hesitate to contact a local event planner for their assistance. Planners have extensive knowledge of what vendors are out there and can put you in touch with some that meet your criteria that you may not even be aware of.

2. Narrow it down  Identify 2-3 vendors in each service area that meet your criteria for quality and price.

3. Meet them  Arrange to meet the vendors prior to making a choice. Develop a list of questions ahead of time that specifically pertain to your event and pay close attention to how they answer.

4. Go with your gut  Do not underestimate your own intuition. Vendors who not only are open to your ideas or suggestions but show genuine excitement about your event and how they can enhance it are your best bet!

Happy planning everyone!