As I begin the last stages of my wedding planning (um, I’m so sad over this), I’ve been thinking a lot about how the whole event will come together, how my vendors will work together, etc. It got me thinking about how difficult it can be to choose vendors especially with the plethora of talent in the Chicagoland area. I’m truly happy with each and every one of my choices, so I thought I’d share how I came to this state of bliss.
First off, remember what is most important on your day: you and your fiancee need to be comfortable in order to enjoy yourselves. Although, this doesn’t include suffering through a little bit of foot pain if the shoes are really just. that. cute. Anyway, the first vendor obstacle you will probably tackle will be with your ceremony/reception venue. Think about the way you were treated when setting up and during a visitation appointment. Did you have the coordinator’s undivided attention or did they seem to having a wandering eye? Trust me – it’s an indication of how you will be treated on your wedding day.
After you’ve composed your lists of vendors you’d like to talk to, you’ll probably have face-to-face meetings with them. In fact, I highly recommended that meeting in person is a must. Go into the meeting armed with ideas of what you like. For example, tell your florist if you adore roses or if they will make you want to throw your bouquet out the window. A creative, experienced professional will quickly pick up on your style and be able to suggest ideas that fit your needs, not to mention budget. Wedding vendors have seen so many different events, they are full of ideas. Why not use them to their full potential?
This Friday I’ll be going to a vendor showcase at my reception site (Arrowhead Golf Club in Wheaton — anyone else going to be there? I’d love to meet you!). Although I’ve already chosen many of my vendors, I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for inspiration at every corner — that and indulging in the cake samples that were promised to me in my invitation.
~Arrowhead Golf Club, Wheaton~
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