Wedding Vendors: How To Choose? 3 Things to Look For

As a bride, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with decisions and to-do lists. Aside from picking the dress and the venue, choosing the right vendors for your big day will be one of the most important decisions that you make, and it can be intimidating. We recently asked our brides how they search for wedding vendors, and we learned that most of their decisions are based off of the portfolio of the potential vendor. To help make your search easier, we’ve compiled some suggestions of what to look for, as well as what to look out for:

1. Event Variety

When choosing your vendor, make sure that their portfolio includes pictures of several different events that they have been a part of, not just one or two. This will give you a good idea of the range of events that they are able to conduct. Quantity translates to experience and generally means that this vendor will be more equipped to handle anything that you will need to make your wedding perfect.

2. Portfolio Quality

Make sure to check the quality of their work. Anyone can stage a photo shoot, and while photo sessions are a good way to demonstrate the kind of work a vendor can do, verify that there are also pictures that reflect real events that they have been a part of. If most of the pictures appear to be staged, it should raise a red flag that they might not have the amount of experience that you require.

3. Portfolio Clarity

It is important that the portfolio shows the work that the vendor advertises. For example, say you are looking at the website of an event designer, but all that you see are close-up shots of the bride and groom, a flower girl basket, or a stiletto. While they might be beautiful pictures, they don’t showcase the work that the event planner is capable of.

Remembering these tips while shopping for vendors will help you to make informed decisions that will be evident on your big day.

How has your vendor decision been influenced by a website portfolio?

{Photo Credit: JamesAllen.com}

About Ashley Carlson

Ashley is the owner and creator at Eye Candy Event Design, where she creates dessert displays and styles events. She is a connoisseur of all things bridal and baby and is convinced a little sparkle and spray-paint is the answer to every problem. She bakes “Eye Candy Confections,” specializing in that little luxury cookie, the French Macaroon. She had her dream wedding in 2008 and now has her dream job designing for other brides and mommies-to-be!

2 Comments on Wedding Vendors: How To Choose? 3 Things to Look For

  1. Trena
    March 26, 2012 at 10:36 am (3 years ago)

    I have ruled out photographers by their website portfolio. I automatically rule out one if many of their photos are black and white. B&W absolutely has its place in photography, but when you try to hide a mediocre photo with monochrome over and over, I get bored. Plus, I spent a lot of time on the wedding colors. I want to see them!! I picked a photographer because of her experience capturing natural light and beautiful color :)

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  2. Jayson @ Jayson and Rachael Photography
    March 27, 2012 at 2:27 pm (3 years ago)

    @Trena, Great insight, thank you for posting your thoughts! I think too many wedding photographers get carried away with B&W because they’re more concerned about what they (and their photographer friends) consider good.

    I always strive to strike a balance in my photography coverage and present awesome color images along side B&W images that are actually improved by converting them to B&W… as opposed to just covering up bad exposure or poor post processing skills.

    Anyway, thanks for your thoughts. -Jayson and Rachael

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