FINDING THE BEST
Let the pros handle it Consider hiring a wedding consultant. Wedding consultants will be able to find the best vendors for your wedding according to your style and your budget. They can help you negotiate rates and contracts with your vendors and your venue so you can get the best values, and they will ensure all of your vendors are set for the big day.
Chicago’s best referral guide Hundreds of amazing vendors are part of our referral network. Just flip through our magazine and visit our website to find some of the best pros in the business for your wedding needs.
Bridal shows & Events Check out our Event calendar online for upcoming shows and events in the Chicagoland area. Visit bridal shows, bridal walks and vendor showcases; many are developed by industry professionals and specifically designed to help brides find top wedding vendors. Friends & family Get referrals and ideas from all of your recently married friends. You can even get e-ferrals from blog sites and wedding chat rooms.
HIRING YOUR VENDORS
Choose vendors you feel most comfortable with, vendors that best suit your personal style. You will be spending a lot of time with some of these people, so you should trust them. A good vendor should listen to your ideas and offer suggestions to enhance your wedding day vision. You’re hiring vendors to create your dream wedding, not theirs, so don’t feel guilty if you dislike some of their ideas.
Choose a minimum of three vendors for each category (i.e. 3 photographers, 3 bakers, etc.) and set up appointments with each. Continue narrowing your selections. You may find this process tedious and time-consuming, but this is probably the biggest event you will ever plan! Wedding planning is a marathon, not a sprint.
Check references and read through contracts completely before signing with any vendor. Visit your top choices a few times to establish a rapport with each of your wedding vendors, and make sure they meet your needs long after the contract is signed.