How to Support Small Businesses When Planning Your Wedding

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Planning a wedding is the perfect time to support small businesses in your local area or wherever you’re getting married. Since so much money goes into wedding planning, think of how nice it would be to put some of those funds towards a business that works hard to offer a great service to their community, while making a living. Below, learn how you can support small businesses throughout your wedding planning process and you’ll likely end up forming lasting relationships with these business owners that you’ll treasure forever!

Research Your Vendors Thoroughly

The first way to support small businesses when planning your wedding is to really research the vendors you’re choosing. The more research you do, the more you may come to see that going with a small business for certain aspects of your day makes more sense than using a larger company, and will help you get better service and a better product. Consider small businesses for things like photography, wedding cake, or wedding flowers. These are the items you’ll want to receive personalized service for and a high attention to detail in anyway, so a small business may just be the best way to go!

Go Local for Favors

Small bottles of locally-sourced honey as favors at a wedding.

There’s something special and unique about every wedding location, whether or not you’re having a destination wedding. Find a local boutique that makes something specialized to the area to include in your wedding welcome bags or as favors. This can be something edible, a custom label, or even gift wrapping!

Use a Local Salon for Your Glam

When it comes to getting your hair and makeup done for the big day, do your research in order to find a local salon that you love. This locally owned business will appreciate you and your bridal party and you’re bound to get specialized service from them on your big day!

Use a Small Print Shop

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There are quite a few stationery needs for any wedding. Instead of giving your business to a big company, find a local stationery store or print shop to get the job done. From invitations to place cards and programs, all of these needs result in quite a bit of money spent on paper. Alternatively, you could find a local and talented calligrapher to aid in creating some of these items, further supporting a small business and local talent, all while including beautiful touches that will make your day even more special.

Shop Small for Gifts

When it comes to finding gifts for your bridal party, groomsmen, and parents, make an effort to “shop small.” Whether you go to a local boutique or use an online source like Etsy, this will make a world of difference to the small business owners you buy from and will likely mean you’re giving those closest to you a unique and special gift that they’ll treasure.

Hire Local Musicians

A mariachi band trumpet player at a wedding reception.

Support local talent in your area by hiring local musicians to perform at your wedding. Whether they act as ceremony music, cocktail hour entertainment, or are your wedding band or DJ, this is a wonderful way to support local talent and small businesses simultaneously.

Write Glowing Reviews

There’s no better way to thank the small businesses that brought your wedding vision to life than to write them a glowing review reflecting the stellar service you received. Your review is sure to help them land future business with other consumers and assist in building their reputation. This is so important for small business owners who pour their heart into what they do, and the reviews you write will likely mean the world to them!

Tag Businesses on Social Media

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When you post photos of your big day on social media once you get all your pictures back, be sure to tag the small businesses you hired. This increases their brand visibility and also helps you to easily share your photos with them. They’ll not only love to see how much you enjoyed their services, but they’ll be able to repost them and use them as a marketing tool going forward.

Remember that the devil is in the details, and small business owners are typically whizzes at zeroing in on details and making them amazing. Since you’re going to spend the money on your wedding one way or another, consider giving those funds to those who are dedicated to providing their customers with great service and an amazing product. You won’t be disappointed!

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