How do I Choose my Wedding Day Vendors?
When choosing your vendors, a little bit of research can spare you a lot of potential embarrassment the day of the wedding. As an experienced Colorado wedding videographer I can offer a bit of useful advice from a point of view you probably never thought about. When looking at vendor’s websites don’t be fooled by the ‘Testimonials’ page where the vendor copied and pasted sections of thank you letters they received in the past. In this format the vendor can easily manipulate the words to saying what they want the testimonial to say. Instead of reading potentially fake testimonials on the vendor’s website, use popular company review websites like Google Places. The reviews you read on pages like Google are written directly by the bride and groom, and can in no way be manipulated by the company they are describing. It’s the best way to see previous couple’s experiences with a certain vendor. On the flip side, don’t set us vendors up for unrealistic expectations. We want to do everything in our power to exceed your dreams, but keep in mind we can only work with what we’re given. If a bridesmaid is 30 minutes late to the venue for pictures before the ceremony then you’re limiting our already limited time to get the photos you requested. Something has to be sacrificed. If you’re wanting multiple cameras filming your wedding that’s something that needs to be discussed well in advance, not brought up for the first time 20 minutes before the procession is to start. If during your ceremony you have various guests from the audience stand up where they’re at and read a poem or line from scripture, you need to understand that without a microphone the video camera, or your guests for that fact, are probably not going to be able to hear them. Have them come up to the podium to read instead. If the groom refuses to wear a wireless microphone we’re most likely not going to be able to hear your vows. For your caterers, if the reception starts an entire hour late it’s going to be very hard for them to keep the food warm. Give us expectations that are not unrealistic and most qualified and experienced vendors will wow and amaze you. Give us conditions that prevent us from providing you excellent service and that will be reflected in what we are able to provide to you.
And last but not least, be generous to your vendors! They have been on their feet all day long to help make your wedding day a success. If you feel they have provided excellent service to you on your most important day then let them know you appreciate their efforts. If certain vendors exceed your expectations, tipping is recommended at 15%. But as with everything else regarding your big day, that call is 100% yours to make. Tipping is always accepted, but never expected.