When it comes to searching for your vendors, you should ensure you’re comfortable with their style, budget, location, experience, and most of all their personality. Here's a few things to think about when building your vendor dream team that will make your wedding dreams come to life!
Style is very important when narrowing your search
The key to identifying style is doing research. When looking into two to three vendors in a category, you'll be able to identify the nuances that set them apart from each other, and therefore identify which you’ll gravitate towards. Photographers have different editing styles, videographers may have different ways of storytelling the highlights film, and for makeup/hair artists it’s all about figuring out which styles work for you! When looking through over 50 different vendors, you can categorize and eliminate until you have a short list to reach out to for more information like date availability and pricing.
Budget is also necessary to keep in mind when searching for vendors
Having a number for your overall budget will always be helpful when beginning your vendor research. Being able to see how the price for one vendor affects your overall budget will be helpful in narrowing down who you can afford. There are always ways to work around the struggle of falling in love with a particular vendor who you know is out of your range. You can adjust your budget for other categories to help offset costs for a vendor you love! But remember to always have the numbers in place, so you don't end up losing track of where your budget goes!
The location of your vendors sometimes might matter, and sometimes may not. If you're hosting a wedding in a destination location where you'll most likely be flying out the vendors you choose, then you have the luxury of looking anywhere in the world to secure your vendors!
Experience with South Asian Weddings
Having vendors who are aware of the needs for a South Asian wedding are truly invaluable. It's important to be able to trust that the vendor will know about traditional and cultural nuances for the wedding. Although it's not essential that your vendors have South Asian wedding experience, as it can always be taught and explained with thorough communication, it is a must to have a vendor that is familiar with how to service weddings in general. You wouldn't want to find a photographer that only captures wildlife photography to do your wedding, as that would probably not be the best experienced professional for the job!
Your Personal Connection
You should choose vendors that understand you and your needs. You’ll need these vendors to work with you and support you through the entire wedding planning process! You want to be able to trust them and feel comfortable with their ability to provide a service for your event to the best of their ability. If your vendor doesn't align with your visions or your style, it might be a good idea to look into a few other vendors!
With these tips, you can begin your search! You'll be on your way to the dream in no time!!