I’m a child of the internet age, and with that in mind, I have done pretty much the majority of wedding planning thanks to the internet. Sure, there’s a little word-of-mouth thrown in for good measure (for example, our jeweler who is the one my parents use and our venue, which is where Mr. High Wire’s cousins got married). But generally, the way we decide on our vendors is research, obsessively reading reviews, and working with vendors who give timely responses to my emails and requests for additional information.
If they type their emails in a way that makes me think they have this expression, even better:
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“Oh wow, you are getting married?! Congratulations. That is so exciting.”
I’ll eat that up, no problem.
My method is pretty simple: If you do not respond to my emails or contact me in the method I requested in your contact form (which is to always email me—please do not call), then you are off the list. Simple as that! I’ve reached out to you to say, “Hey, I would possibly like to give you large amounts of money.” Your lack of response in a timely fashion communicates back to me, “No thanks, I’m not interested in your business or money at all.”
Our venue is a few short miles from a plethora of brand new hotels that have sprung up in that area. I filled out a contact form for each one (stating that I would like to be emailed) and also followed up with an additional email expressing my interest in booking a block of rooms with them. Only one hotel out of the five I contacted emailed me back. A couple called me, but I specifically asked not to be called, and if you didn’t bother to read my contact form, what else are you going to “not bother with” when it comes to where my guests are staying for the wedding weekend?
Hopefully this method continues to weed out the stress-inducing vendors who aren’t there when you need them.
How did you narrow down your vendors?