How to Find Reliable and Trustworthy Wedding Vendors

May 30, 2017

There’s plenty to worry about on your wedding day: whether your dress will fit the way it did a week ago, if someone in your wedding party is going to tell that one story you forbid them from telling, if one of your relatives is going to have too much to drink and bust out their “groovy” dance moves.

In addition to worrying about all of the minor details - there’s the vendors! Now, we can’t help ensure that your friends or family won’t slightly embarrass you, but we can help you find local, trustworthy businesses.

In 2016, among the various wedding vendors; jewelers, florists, and photographers were the three most complained about. The complaints ranged from customer service, or billing disputes, to the dreaded, “I paid my photographer up-front and they didn’t show up!”

What can you do? Research! Before saying “I do” here are three things you “Must do”:

  1. Check ratings and reviews, and not just on one website. Check every review site you can, and see what people are saying. Also be sure to check the company’s rating and reviews at

  2. Avoid paying the entire cost up-front. Ask if you can set up a payment plan, and be sure the details of the payment plan are in your contract.

  3. Read your contract thoroughly. And ask a lot of questions: What happens if you’re sick the day of wedding? Do you have a back up? How soon will I get my pictures? What time will you arrive the day of? Do you have insurance for your equipment?

Also be sure to give your vendors a point of contact other than yourself. For example, your maid of honor or your best man, and be sure to give them their cell phone number.

And last, but definitely not least: remember to relax, and have some fun. After all, you only get to do this once, right?

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By Danielle Spang

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