Now the fun starts! Having vendors for everything isn’t for everyone. Following on from planning your budget, you should have a rough idea of which areas you want vendors for. There isn’t a right or wrong answer. Some people much prefer to do things themselves whilst others want everything doing for them. What I will say is think really carefully about anything you decide to do yourself and evaluate how much stress it may add. If you’ve got a super creative family who are all happy to chip in with making decorations, then fantastic! Everyone feels like they’ve got a part in your special day and I love personal touches. However, if for example, you’re not 100% confident in doing hair or make up, hire a professional to do it for you on the day. The last thing anyone needs is to be mega stressed and running out of time on the morning of your wedding day.
Just remember, for every friend of family member you ask to participate with something on the day, that job takes away a percentage of the day where they can just relax and enjoy themselves. I know I’ve told friends and family in the past that if they want to pay me to be their photographer, I cannot be a guest at the same time, I’m either working OR a guest.
How to Pick?
Right, so you’ve got your list of which things you’d like suppliers for, what next? Hopefully by now you’ll have an idea of the style or theme your wedding day will be formed around. Time to do your research. Please, please, please don’t just rely on a suggestion from a friend. They may well have been totally epic for their wedding, but if they had a steampunk themed wedding and you want an elegant English country garden style wedding, they will absolutely not be right for you! Pick a few suppliers that you’re interested in and get in touch with them. Don’t be afraid to walk away if you feel they’re not the right fit for you.
I know full well I’m not the right photographer for everyone. My style is a mix of staged couple shots combined with natural, candid, almost documentary style for the rest of the day. I’m also NOT a traditional photographer in the slightest, I like to add creativity and break the norm by shooting unconventional weddings.
I like to think there are 3 things to tick when looking for suppliers:
- Do you like their style?
- Are they within budget? If not are you prepared to up the budget to have them?
- Are they available on your date?
If they match all 3 then you’re on to a winner.
Don’t just book someone because they’re cheap, chances are you probably won’t like their style or won’t get the coverage/service level you’d like. Equally don’t dismiss someone because you love their style but they’re out of your budget. Talk to them, see what packages they offer or whether they can accommodate your budget (although keep in mind that these people do their job to earn a living and no-one is obliged to offer a discount on their services). You’ll be surprised at how friendly most wedding suppliers are (we all secretly want to be your best friend 😂).
Here are some suppliers that I’d personally recommend:
Photography: Obviously myself SLP Photography
Videography: Satin Pictures
Music: Replay Acoustic Duo
Flowers: Rosedale Floral Design or The Flower Room
Cakes: Buttercup Cakes
Venues: Upper House, Losehill House, Haddon Hall, Heaton House Farm or Castlefield Rooms
Vehicles: Vintage Camper Hire