Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Post Consult - How To Choose The Right Vendor

Now that you've met with your vendors and have collected all the quotes, how do you make the right decision? First, see if the vendor addressed all your needs and included everything you discussed. If they missed a big chunk of what you talked about - red flag. Their lack of attention to detail will most likely reflect on the rest of the planning process and you don't need to add anything else to your checklist.

Reviewing the quote closely is also important - a few things to watch out for:
  • Delivery cost vs product cost: different companies price out their services differently. Some have higher delivery costs, but lower pricing and vice versa. Make sure you're comparing apples to apples.
  • Additional fee: ask about what services the quote doesn't cover. For example, some florists might charge you to move décor from ceremony to reception. A caterer might charge a cake cutting or champagne pour fee. A vendor might look like an amazing deal but they might be hiding fees that will be tacked on to your final invoice.
  • Negotiable Items: if you really like a vendor, but find that they are coming slightly over budget, don't be afraid to discuss what can be done to adjust the quote. Make it clear you want to work with them - most vendors will appreciate this and be super receptive. Also, remember that great talent is worth the money - like 'em, book 'em.
  • Gut Feeling: if you clicked with a vendor and your gut is telling you that it's the right fit, book. Having a connection with a vendor will go a long ways. They will work extra hard to make sure your day is amazing and worry free.

And one final note - don't wait to book vendors you really want. If you want them, the chances are others do as well.

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