There’s a whirlwind of excitement surrounding wedding planning; researching, deciding, contacting, and booking are all time sensitive, but it’s exciting to start seeing the dream wedding become a reality. Before booking a wedding planner, research what kind of wedding gown, wedding venue, vendors, and music you would like to coordinate with the wedding planner what combination would work best.
Being clear with your likes and dislikes from the onset will make it easy for the vendor to advise you on your options. Also, you will be able to establish whether the vendor is the right one for you. Just like in any agreement, wedding vendors find it easy to work with honest, respectful, and open couples who clearly articulate their ideas. The following tips will make it easier to work with vendors, and help you become the ideal couple every vendor would want to work with.
1. Make a Good Impression
First impressions are crucial. Whether you are sending an inquiry email or text, or making a call, be sure to start with the right tone. Rather than inquire about the pricing first, introduce yourself, state your interests, and request the pricing details. This helps the vendor know you intend on being an agreeable customer.
2. Do Your Research Beforehand
Set up a meeting with your potential vendor and gather as much information about them as you can. Social media, websites, and portfolios are the right places to look. Read a few reviews to see what other clients have to say. If they don’t seem like a good match for your needs, it’s best to talk with the vendor yourself, or view their products before making a final decision, but know you can also cancel if you just know it’s not going to work.
3. Voice Your Ideas
When you finally meet your potential vendor, be sure to describe your expectations in detail, from the wedding venue to the reception arrangement. Don’t be afraid of stating what you want to avoid, and affirming your opinions. This open type of conversation helps ensure you find what you are looking for.
4. Respect Professional Boundaries
It is important to understand that a wedding planner has a life outside work like any other professional. Expecting them to respond to your emails or calls outside working hours is unreasonable, unless personally invited to do so. While you may need timely updates and responses, you will need to respect their time and professional boundaries.
5. Be Honest
Wedding vendors’ ultimate goal is to make your special day memorable, so don’t be afraid to ask questions. If an idea displeases you, discuss it with your vendor to find a suitable alternative. It is a creative partnership that wins.
6. Negotiate Tactfully
Wedding planners price their services depending on different market dynamics. Asking for huge discounts and making too many counter proposals may irritate your vendor and even ruin the deal. If you must bargain, be respectful.
A demanding behavior puts off potential vendors. There is always a better way of communicating and expressing discontentment without sounding bossy and demeaning. Being polite even when you disagree will help you build a good working relationship with your vendor.
7. Treat Vendors as You Would Want to Be Treated
Just as the old saying goes, “Treat others the way you would want to be treated”—if you treat vendors with respect and grace, it’s likely you’ll have the same reciprocation. A couple-vendor relationship built on trust will ultimately lead to successful wedding planning.
The Bottom Line
Since it only occurs once in a lifetime, your wedding should match your expectations. From the venue, decorations, and catering, Marinaj can provide various options to meet your needs and ensure your guests are comfortable. Contact us today to start planning your dream wedding.