Tips and Advice

November 6

How to Choose the Best Wedding Vendors

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Today we have Wedding Paper Divas style & trend expert, Amber Harrison on our wedding blog chatting with Harmony Walton, the founder of The Bridal Bar giving you easy tips and guidelines for how to choose the best wedding vendors.

Hey, it’s Amber!

Today on Small Talk Big Day we’re going to be talking with the founder of Bridal Bar, Harmony Walton about a very important step in your planning process-selecting your wedding vendors.

Amber: When you’re first starting to plan your wedding, finding vendors to even talk to about your vision can be overwhelming, where do you start?

Harmony: You know I think the best place to start is with your venue. Ask for their preferred vendor list because chances are, those vendors are going to be in a similar style and budget range that you are working with.

Amber: So let’s say I have two vendors, two florists, that I am totally in love with and they both are comparable in pricing. How do I choose between the two?

Harmony: I think personality is huge. You want to find someone that you are comfortable with and that you want to hang out with on your wedding day. You want to know that they understand your needs and wishes for your wedding.

Amber: So what are your must asked questions when considering wedding vendors?

Harmony: Well there are millions, but I like to start with the three P’s: paperwork, pricing and policies. You want to read the fine print.

Those were some really practical and helpful tips to get you hooked up with the best wedding vendors to assist you in planning your perfect day.

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August 24

20/20 Wedding: Take a Picture, It’ll Last Longer

Sure, hindsight is 20/20. But when it comes to weddings, there are plenty of people who have been there before you. Why not let others guide you away from the mistakes they made? That’s exactly what we thought. So, voila, welcome to the first installment of 20/20 Wedding.

Today, we’ll be talking about photos. My advice: do not undervalue your photos. Your wedding day is just that—a day. The photos are what you keep forever, what you use to remember the moments and what you eventually show to your grandkids (finger’s crossed).

What I’m Glad We Did: Photo Booth

When we first started planning our wedding, something I frequently said to friends, vendors and my partner alike was, “I don’t really care what happens, as long as we have a photo booth. That’s my only demand.” As it turns out, it was a good one. The booth was a giant hit with our guests and provided some of the very best pictures we got.

My advice: don’t skimp. Unless you have a very crafty, photo-savvy friend who can help you DIY one really well, rent a real booth from a company that specializes in them. The services that come with these companies (like customized designs and free digital hosting of the shots after the event) are invaluable additions. We used the Majestic Photo Booth Company.

What I’m Glad We Did: Found a Rising Star to be Our Photog

Everyone has a photographer friend, but do you really want to make that guy be your wedding photographer? We didn’t. That said, we also didn’t want to pay tons of money. Enter Craigslist.

There are tons of brilliant wedding photographers just getting started and they’re all trying to build their portfolios. We put a brief but specific ad up online and had hundreds (about 300, to be more precise) of interested photogs within a few days. We got that list down to the five we liked best, then sat down and spoke with each before making a decision. The result: we found a rising star who was still at the beginning of his career and, so, still affordable.

What I Would Have Done Differently: Table Portraits

My number one photo regret about our wedding is that we didn’t manage to get a shot of every single guest in attendance. I realized wayyyyy after the fact that this could have been accomplished easily using table portraits.

Even though I was convinced that I had come up with this concept on my own in a face palm moment a few months after the wedding, apparently table portraits are a thing that people do. It’s simple really—have your photographer go around to each table and take a shot. I REALLY wish we had thought of this and asked for it.

What I Would Have Done Differently: Leveraged Instagram

Recently, I heard a genius story of a couple who asked their guests to post to Instagram using a specific hashtag (ie. #JackandJill). All night long, people posted pictures to the app, which basically turned the tag into an Internet-age disposable camera , complete with instant gratification. Another plus: all the pictures from the guests were online and easy to grab for future albums.

This might be tricky for you, as it was for us, if your ceremony and reception are going to be held in a place where only some people get signal. Still, worth a shot. Make a hashtag and print it on your programs, then watch the fabulous shots roll in.