During the planning process, many couples get caught up in the to-do list and timing of choosing their vendors. While it is important to check off your long list of wedding planning items, it is more important to take the time to find the right person for you. You don’t want to choose the cheapest planner or the photographer who has great work but isn’t a good personality fit for you. I am a big believer in getting your vendors under contract quickly if you are having a Saturday wedding in the summer but I also stress to my clients to take the time to get to know the person, not just their work before signing the contract.
You will have many emotional ups and downs, moments of insanity and will sometimes second guess your decisions during the planning process. It is so important that you choose vendors who will be by your side and ease your fears along the way. You don’t need to best friends with your vendors but you should have good chemistry with them and mesh well with their temperament. Don’t feel guilty if someone looks great on paper and you love their work but don’t feel like your personalities work well together. For example, if you are a shy person, especially in front of a camera, you need a photographer who can bring out your personality and make you feel comfortable. A photographer with a shy personality is not going to be a good fit for you no matter how good his work is.
I encourage clients to choose the vendors they feel completely comfortable with and who they trust 100% to do the best job for them. Many of us would much rather have a potential client turn down our services from the very beginning than to spend months and months in a relationship with a couple who doesn’t trust us.
Debbie Orwat, Colorado Wedding Planner
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