As a small business owner I am so grateful when people trust in me and hire me to help them on their special occasions, and I specially like it when the people hiring me are my friends. (Sure, it is super stressful to be a vendor and a guest, but it also is rewarding.) That is why since we started planning the wedding, I knew we would use some friends and small businesses; plus, we are lucky enough to have some pretty talented friends/acquaintances willing to help us.
So far, these are the friendors/small business we are using:
FLOWERS: Our venue package comes with all the flower centerpieces for the tables, but I am using my friend T’s skills for everything else: two bouquets (one to keep, one to toss) boutonnieres for my Mr. W and our parents, arrangements for the judge and candy tables, random flowers for some bathroom decorations, and some flowers to decorate our car.
MAKEUP: Another friend, M, that I’ve known since elementary school is a great makeup artist. She even teaches another MUA some bridal techniques. We still need to have the trial, but I am confident she will do a great job.
HAIR ACCESSORIES: My dear friend L has graciously offered to make a headpiece for me to wear. We’ll see what she comes up with!
DANCE LESSONS: P, one of my closest friends, is a psychology PhD by day and an amazing dancer/choreographer by”¦day also. She is giving us some much needed dance lessons for the big day.
PHOTOGRAPHY: A coworker of Mr. Weather has started a photography side business. We are planning on using him; he doesn’t have a big portfolio, but we are willing to give him the chance. I know that this one is the biggest risk, but we are confident he will do a good job.
PRINTERS: As I mentioned previously, we had our invitations screen-printed. We used a friend of a friend, and I couldn’t be happier. Their work was fast and flawless. I love how our invitations turned out.
Would you consider using friendors/small businesses? Or is it too big of a risk?