Chris Jones, our Events Manager gives his top 5 tips for planning your wedding.
1. Don’t be afriad to ask.
If you’re thinking it then ask it…… All wedding vendors are there to answer questions. If you are contemplating waking your partner up in the middle of the night to ask if he or she thinks the venue might supply a master of ceremonies or if the DJ will hide his rust bucket of a van in the car park then just send an email and ask the question. You are the customer after all!
2. Natural selection.
Let one supplier lead you to another. Why not ask the venue to suggest a photographer? Ask the photographer to suggest a band? These guys are in the business and will have seen what works when it comes to making weddings a memorable occasion for you and your guests. Most wedding vendors will have a list of “go to” people for certain things. Be brave and ask for their inside information.
3. The paper trail.
While most brides and grooms can remember the conversation about the discount corkage or early flower delivery it is possible for vendors to forget! They do deal with a number of wedding parties and trying to retain all the information relating to a specific couple can be tough. Follow up phone calls with an email or if you have been offered a discount or made a special request that was agreed just ask to have it confirmed in writing. Why not set up a wedding specific email address?
4. One step at a time.
The excitement of an engagement and wedding planning can be overwhelming. You’ve said the important yes at the proposal, so there is no need to rush and agree to anything and everything you see. Don’t hire any vendors before you’ve confirmed your date, don’t design your cake before you’ve envisioned your flowers, and don’t book a band before you’ve settled on a space. Wedding fayres are a great way to meet suppliers, take photographs to jog your memory and grab a business card.
5. Wiggle Room
The wedding market is huge and nearly every vendor or supplier will want your business. You wouldn’t buy a new car or home for that matter without making a few offers under the asking price and weddings fall in the same category! Have a chat about price, the vendor or supplier won’t be offended. The worst outcome is that you pay the original price of the quote, nobody will increase the cost of their services because you asked for a bit of discount!