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Wedding Planning Tips | How to Choose your Wedding Suppliers

It’s been a wonderfully manic wedding season and I really couldn’t be happier to have spent the summer with my couples saying, ‘I Do’. As the season quietens down (but only ever so slightly as I’ve got some gorgeous autumn and winter weddings around the corner), I thought I’d hop back onto the blog quickly to bring you some wedding planning advice. Today I’m talking all about how to choose your wedding suppliers! This is, without a doubt, one of the most important aspects of the planning process. It will take up a large amount of your time and will be what your budget revolves around – so you want to make sure you nail it. This can be a tricky task and it’s easy to get lost in shortlists, contracts, deposits and more. So, to help keep you on track, grab your notepad and read my top tips…

Book Early


If you’ve already set a date, then start the search for your suppliers as soon as possible. Vendors tend to get booked up well in advance (particularly now post-pandemic), so if you have your heart set on a supplier, make sure you get in there quickly. It’s a fine balance between booking early to avoid disappointment, without rushing into any decisions. You want to ensure that your chosen suppliers are the perfect fit for love story.

Get Recommendations


Recommendations are probably one of the most trustworthy ways of choosing your suppliers! As a Wedding Coordinator in Devon, I have been lucky enough to work with a whole selection of suppliers in the South-West, so please do feel free to ask me!

Do your Research


Spend a considerable amount of time researching your potential suppliers – take a look at their website, blog posts, social media pages and reviews. You’ll always want to consider your location and budget – does this align with your chosen vendor? You can then shortly 2 – 3 suppliers per category to really get the ball rolling.



Contact your Suppliers


Now it’s time to get in touch with your suppliers! When contacting them, make sure you include your date (if you have one), your venue or location and any details about the ‘vibe’ of your wedding. A brief overview and a few sentences about the services you’re looking for will help reduce email trail and ultimately, get your big day booked as quickly as possible. If you can’t find the information on their website, enquire about their availability, price packages and their booking process. Make sure you’re totally clued up on their contracts etc before you sign the dotted line.



The Deciding Factor


When you’ve come to a final decision, make sure you kindly inform the suppliers who you won’t be using so they can make sure the date is free for other couples.



Once you start booking your suppliers and signing contracts, your wedding day will start to feel very real. My last word of advice would be – enjoy every second as it will go by so quickly. And don’t forget to drop me a quick note if you’re looking for an On-the-Day Coordinator for your Devon wedding!


Image Credits: Image 1 by Rebecca Vale Photography | Image 2 by Mimosa Photography | Image 3 by Emma Barrow Photography | Image 4 by Mimosa Photography | Image 5 by Mimosa Photography | Image 6 by Emma Barrow Photography |

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