Last Wednesday our wedding tip was “choose your wedding suppliers carefully, don’t just go with the most popular. It’s important to meet them, speak to them and ensure you are compatible. Just because they have 5 stars doesn’t mean they are right for you”, and since then I have been thinking a lot about suppliers and how to choose the right one for you! I read a lot of wedding forums for research and see a lot of recommendations being given out, which is fantastic, but it is important to also be mindful.
Over the last 10 years I have worked with countless different suppliers all over the UK, both for weddings and corporate events, and to be honest if a client I didn’t know asked me ‘which florist should I use?’ or ‘which photographer should I use?’, I couldn’t give you just one answer! Don’t get me wrong, I could definitely recommend suppliers that will do a good job no matter what, but when choosing a supplier for your event or wedding it just isn’t as straight forward as a recommendation to make it extra special. There are so many factors to take into consideration!
Lets take Photographers as an example. In the Glasgow area I have 3 photographers that I recommend; I have worked with them all several times and couldn’t fault any of them. However, they are all very different, so suit a different type of client. The first guy is very outgoing, great at getting a crowd going and likes to have loads of fun throughout the day (you will know he is there for sure). The second guy is equally lovely and talented, but he is more subtle and a little more serious. The third is an amazing female duo. Sometimes people just feel more comfortable with a different sex and so having this option is important. Their photography styles are also quite different, so the pictures will ultimately come out differently. All 3 will get amazing results, but are ultimately very different personalities and will work better with different people.
At Iridescent Events it is important for us to get to know our clients and make recommendations that are personal to them. Once I know a client I can easily say one of the above 3 options would suit them best. But remember, it is so important to meet your suppliers, talk to them, get to know them, tell them exactly what you want and just see if you gel. The best results come from the best relationships that are built. Any good supplier will offer a consultation before you commit and they definitely won’t be offended if you go to someone else. I have even know suppliers to turn away business, purely because it isn’t a good fit. This isn’t a bad thing, in fact it is highly professional, they just want you to have the best day and sometimes you just aren’t compatible.
So our advice – do your research, take recommendations, use social media, look at reviews, look at websites, get as much information as you can…but always remember ‘It’s Your Day! It’s All About You’! Just because someone else used a certain supplier, doesn’t mean you need to too. Pick suppliers you are comfortable with and you trust to do the job just as you want it!