Choosing Wedding Vendors

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With a wedding date in place and a venue selected, the reality of your wedding is hitting home. You may feel anxious, stressed and a little overwhelmed.You need to know that planning a wedding is not easy, but it is not as difficult as people think - or make it out to be.

choosing wedding vendors

While there are no magic tricks to this, some proven tips and strategies will keep you - and the ones around you - happy and at ease during the planning process.

By now, more than likely you have decided which aspects of the wedding you will be taking care of first hand, and which ones can be delegated.

Before even thinking of hiring a vendor, you need to consider exactly what type of vendors you will need to make your wedding a reality.

You also need to keep yourself organized. As you start choosing wedding vendors and setting appointments and interviews, you will notice that you need to have a schedule to get things done.

There are hundreds of options for you that help keep you organized and reminded of important appointments.

From apps, wedding websites and schedulers, to notebooks or sticky notes, find the method that fits you and your lifestyle to make planning easier.

The vendor list

Here is a list of some of the vendors and shops you may have to contact for your wedding to come together.

  • Wedding planner or consultant
  • Hair stylist
  • Makeup artist
  • Photographer
  • Band
  • DJ
  • Master of Ceremonies
  • Officiant
  • Florist
  • Baker
  • Caterer
  • Bridal boutique or wedding dress shop
  • Party rentals (chair, tables, decorations, etc.)
  • Transportation
  • Accommodations
  • Invitation shops or designer
  • Tailor
  • Videographer
  • Gown and/or flower preserver
  • Travel agency (if you are also planning your honeymoon or a destination wedding)
  • Newspapers (for announcements)
  • Restaurants (thinking of a rehearsal dinner, venue of choice or even catering services they may provide)
  • Wedding venues, reception halls
  • Shoe shops
  • Jewelry or accessory shops
  • Premarital counselor
  • Favor shops
  • Wedding registries

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