February 16

Bride’s Diary: Managing Your Vendors

Wedding Paper Divas is bursting with staff grooms and brides-to-be who are currently planning their weddings. We’re happy to share their stories with you as a part of this fun feature!

The day is getting closer and closer and it is starting to sink in that in just 72 days I will be married! With the major items booked and ordered, the planning process is starting to feel much more relaxed. The calm before the storm!

With the details coming into place I have been emailing with my vendors a lot more. This is where being organized is very helpful and also having a fabulous day-of coordinator who has helped me start constructing the day-of details.

Here are some tips with vendor management before the big day:

  1. Keep a spreadsheet of your vendors with their contact information as well as payment information. In my wedding binder I have copies of the contracts, checks deposited and invoices for each vendor. In the front section I have a calendar with payment dates so I don’t forget. I would also recommend putting this information in your phone or whatever calendar you like to use.
  2. It’s important to email vendors with any restrictions, timing changes, etc. as soon as you get the information. This will save a lot of headaches as the big day gets closer or on the day itself.
  3. Confirm the arrival and departure time of every vendor and put that in your spreadsheet to reference.
  4. Never feel like you are annoying them. If you have questions or concerns let them know. They want your day to be just as perfect as you do.

Do you have any tips on how you’re managing your vendors or how you managed them during your wedding planning?

Meet Ashley

Ashley and Adam met a little over three years ago when they were both out with friends at a bar. They spent the night talking about sports and dealing with other friends’ drama. A few days later they went on their first date and have been inseparable since. Three years later, Adam popped the question to a very surprised Ashley!

Ashley and Adam are getting married April 28, 2012 at Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, California.

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About Jessy

Hometown: St. Louis, MO Favorite Color: Pistachio Favorite Movie Wedding Moment: The airplane scene in The Wedding Singer Jessy is a Jr. Writer at Tiny Prints. When she was seven, she declared herself "Jessy" (from her given name, Jessica) because she wanted to be a little different. Which is exactly what led her to Tiny Prints-her love for all things unique, memorable and personal! Letterpress printing makes her swoon and she has an affinity for fresh designs with a hint of vintage. In addition to her passion for paper goods, Jessy loves dogs, llamas, autumn, farmers' markets, live music, skeleton keys, extra sprinkles, beating boys in sports, running, antique stores and a book that’s hard to put down.

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