A wedding takes months (or even years!) of planning, and when the big day comes, there’s a dream team behind you and your fiancé: your wedding team. These are the vendors you’ve been constantly in touch with, especially during the final weeks leading up to your special day. Most of them you have gotten to know personally, and they may eventually end up your friends.
Wedding vendors are very passionate about their work, and if you were able to spend time with them in meetings, phone calls, and in those numerous emails, you’ll find out that they have been taking notes of your likes and dislikes, your priorities and “nice-to-haves,” and even your requests, no matter how big or small or weird they are. While it’s nice to receive gratuity and be mentioned in the couple’s thank you speech, there are other ways to show appreciation to the team who worked tirelessly so you can have the wedding of your dreams. Here are some of the things you can do after the wedding or when you get back from your honeymoon.
Write Them a Thank You Note
A heartfelt, handwritten thank you note is every wedding vendor’s dream. Bonus points if you get to remember the names of each person in the team. It shows that they were not forgotten as you thanked each of your guests for celebrating your love, and that their hard work is a big part of your beautiful wedding memories.
… You Can Also Add a Small Gift
Whether it’s a bottle of wine, a small gadget they can use daily, or food and sweets for their entire team, receiving a gift from the clients after the wedding is always nice and encouraging. There is no standard gift list for this, but something personal is always nice.
Be a Reference
Often, potential clients ask for references from previous clients before booking a wedding vendor. If you have the extra time, you can offer to be a reference whom these potential clients can reach out to, so you can share your personal experience with them.
Send New Business Their Way
Word of mouth is still the most effective marketing tool in the wedding industry, and it would mean a lot to wedding vendors if you send a lead or two their way. If one of your wedding guests gets engaged, remind them of your own wedding and refer your vendors. The best gift you can give your wedding vendors is new business!
Rave About Them Online
If you do not have referrals as of the moment, the next best thing is to rave about them online. Social media is big in the wedding industry, so tag your vendors whenever you post pictures from your wedding to give them credit. Most wedding vendors have profiles on Google and other wedding sites, so leave a glowing review wherever you can to help build their business. Go into detail about what you found impressive about a specific vendor. You will also be helping other brides with your experience.
Is everything a wedding vendor does for you a part of their job? Yes. But when it’s the most important day in your life, you notice the tiniest details and they matter. Your wedding vendors know how important this day is to you, and will do everything to execute your plans smoothly and perfectly. So even when you find yourself exhausted from all the festivities, remember to thank the ones who made your most special day a success.