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So you’ve been to all the bridal shows…now what?

The busy bridal show season is finally coming to an end for you!  You’ve met with all sorts of vendors, sampled a number of different cakes and have a stack of flyers and prices floating around…now what?

These next few weeks are going to be the most important for you, narrowing down your choices and deciding who you want to go through for your photographer, videographer, dj, etc. The important thing to remember that time is of the essence. Many vendors are almost full for 2014 dates and 2015 is filling up quickly.

There are a few things to take into account when booking your wedding with someone.

  1. Are you comfortable with them?  You have to make sure you feel comfortable with whomever you’re booking with. From your initial contact, through the day of, you want to have a good standing relationship with these people. They should never make you feel pressured, uncomfortable, or like you have to do what they say. It’s your wedding, not theirs!
  2. Does the deal seem like it’s just too good? If someone is offering you a price so low or a deal so sweet, it doesn’t even sound real, check it out, chances are it could be. Some people unfortunately are out there to scam you, get your money, or take advantage of you. Don’t let them. Shop around and see what other vendors are offering, don’t be afraid to ask how the price is so low.
  3. Do your homework. There are some great resources out there for reviews on all sorts of wedding services. The Knot and Wedding Wire are by far the largest and most well known of these resources. Check out what other couples have had to say about the venue or the cakes your prospective baker makes. These resources are here for you to use, take advantage of them!
  4. Phone a friend. Chances are, if you’re getting married, you have a few friends who’ve recently gotten married. Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and ask them who they dealt with, what their opinions are, or their experiences. They’ll certainly love reminiscing about their special day as they help you plan yours!

Now that you are armed with a plethora of resources and reviews, take some time to sit down and really learn about your vendor so you make the right decision. An educated consumer is the best customer!