Sometimes when planning a wedding, it’s best to learn from those who have (or are!) getting married. Jamie Overman, a local bride-to-be is anxiously planning her May 2014 wedding at Turner Hall. And although she had her venue booked 11 months in advance, she still had the daunting task of selecting many of her vendors – with the goal to select all the major vendors before month 10.
Here are her tips on how brides-to-be can break away from the clutter and select the best vendors for their big day:
1. Ask your social circle. Your social circle is a powerful group. Post on Facebook or tweet what you are looking for. Chances are your friends have either had a wedding or went to a wedding in your venue area. Their honest opinions can help narrow the search, and even steer you away from a potential vendor mistake.
2. Ask your venue. Most venues have a list of preferred vendors. These vendors have already been at your venue. They will be familiar with the best way to set up dinner tables, the perfect place for bridal photos or where the right spot is to dance the night away. Also, these vendors may have photos or examples of previous weddings at your venue. Great inspiration for your special day!
3. Go to bridal shows. Best combination for your search: free samples and someone to talk to! You can taste their best selling foods, look through wedding albums and listen to their music style, all while asking your long list of questions. Additionally, the bridal show does not need to be a big one. There are tons of smaller bridal shows in Milwaukee throughout the year. These shows highlight select vendors in the Milwaukee area and often give you a more intimate experience.
4. Check out bridal blogs and websites. Many sites have honest reviews from real brides. Can’t find what you are looking for? Some sites have discussion boards where you can ask your questions and see what other brides are looking for.
By the way, with the good recommendations Jamie received, she was able to select her vendors within the month. Mission accomplished!