Have you ever seen a wedding blog or magazine and fell instantly in love with the decor or floral arrangements? Or the way the makeup and hair on the bride looks so flawless? If you answered yes to all of the above, chances are you're either getting married or you're like me and love wedding magazines a little too much. No judgment here!
In my years of shooting weddings, I've learned one major fact: When searching for your wedding vendors, you need to be selective.
Just as you search for your wedding photographer, you want to be sure your cake and floral arrangements suite your style as well.
Here's something I wish I would've told my first couples in the past:
Once you have all the vendors booked, note them down.
It's hard to catch up with all the chaos that is all wedding planning, but trust me when I say WRITE THEM DOWN. Keeping a wedding journal or even a website can really help you stay on track with what's still needed for your big day. This also helps with the overall overwhelming feeling of "OH, CRAP! I forgot the [insert the thing you're 'oh, crapping about here']".
As a little insight in my workflow--once I'm finished with editing my clients' photos and getting them ready to send off, I start putting together my social media posts and blog content. This is probably how you found me to begin with (Yay, internet!).
So sending this list of vendors to your photographer would be super helpful. If you're asking yourself, "how is this helpful?"
Well, in the wedding industry we like to give proper thanks and credit to those that served us and you all well. We want to make sure that future clients have access to the amazing vendors you had access to. Because why? Because people like what they can see. So, if your dress was custom made for your wedding (and we all know you're going to look stunning in it), I'm sure a future bride is going want in on that custom wedding dress life, too!
So while you're on cloud nine and flipping through all those wedding magazines, remember: know your style, find your vendors, and note them all down, and lastly, hand off the list to your wedding photographer. That way, the next engaged couple has access to your awesome vendors, too! Sharing is caring, people!
PRO TIP: After every vendor consultation, be sure to ask for a business card and stash it in a big envelope. You're going to want to keep all cards (and receipts!) together for your reference. Then, when you have a moment, type them all up in an excel sheet or take pictures of them to keep digital copies in case you lose the envelope. :)