Wedding Planning Cornwall
Picking your wedding suppliers
Planning a wedding involves dealing with lots of suppliers, so how do you get the best out of them to work together to create your perfect day?
When it comes to wedding suppliers, we want the best from those we've chosen. But do we know how to get it? The ideal wedding planner, florist, caterer, hairdresser, band, cake maker, venue, stylist, jeweller, or stationer usually exhibits the following qualities:
- They care the job is done right, and will deliver on what they promise.
- They respond to your enquiries in a timely, courteous and professional manner.
- They provide clear quotes.
- They communicate well throughout the process, and specify what they can and cannot do.
- They're experienced specialists, which means your guests will get exactly what you paid for, not an approximation of what you paid for.
- They really do want the best for your wedding!
Hire the right supplier
There's really one big secret to nailing the supplier-customer experience, and that's to choose the right supplier. But how do you do that? Word of mouth, recommendation from another trusted supplier, and being observant at other weddings you attend, are all great means of finding the right supplier for you. Genuine testimonials and reviews are also helpful as they are clear indicators of other satisfied customers.
Top tip: Don't just email. If you can, phone the supplier. Talking human to human is the very best way to get a genuine feel for the kind of company they are, and the kind of service they'll offer you during the preparation for your wedding and on the day itself.
Do your homework
Reading your potential supplier's website is a must. After just five minutes, you'll be much more aware of the specific options you have when it comes to hiring them. Also, you'll have the answers to most of the questions you had about their product. This means you'll be able to fast-track your enquiry past those who've not done their homework, and save yourself emails and waiting time.
Top tip: A knowledgeable enquiry has the wonderful side effect of letting the supplier know your interest is serious and that you value what they do. Do not underestimate the power that has over people who have to daily answer emails like "how much for flowers?" and "how many people can I fit into the function room?".
Top tip: Show your supplier that you value them, their time, their skill, and (this a big one) value their days off. They will genuinely appreciate that you see them as another human being, not simply a dispenser of wedding wares. It will encourage them to treat you accordingly!
Provide the vital information
Many website contact pages are set up to ask you the specific questions that the supplier needs to know in order to give you a quote. They won't change their prices on the basis of your postcode, but they may need the location to quote turning up and delivering what you want! So don't skip the questions and you'll get your answers much more quickly. Custom quotes take time to work out, so do be patient, especially during busy seasons.
Top tip: If you have set aside a specific budget for a service, it's perfectly acceptable to let your supplier know what that is. You should have an idea of costing from the information they have already given you. However, knowing your expected budget will help determine if they are the right fit, and if what you want and what they provide are compatible.
Communication is key
Your wedding supplier wants to give you what you need. Sometimes that means they might need some details, samples or swatches from you. In order to get the best out of them, sending them the information (in a timely way) will mean they can get ahead with ordering, arranging and creating the wedding you want. Any changes, (and there will be changes along the way), will need to be passed on to your supplier in good time as they will be completing tasks well in advance of your wedding day. If in doubt about timings, check your suppliers' terms and conditions - or just ask them!
Top tip: Planning a wedding is often like stepping into a different world, and there are so many decisions to agree on. When you are unable to decide something, feel free to ask your expert for their opinion. They'll have experience of a huge number of wedding options, and will be able to advise, perhaps suggesting something you hadn't considered.
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