Posts tagged vendors
Wedding Planner for The Knot Bride
We were thrilled to be chosen as the Wedding Coordinator for the lovely Ohio rep for The Knot, Karrie Ploss.  She was an absolute joy to work with, of course, and her wedding day was spectacular, with some great details that her photographer was able to perfectly capture!
Check out C Studios at
http://www.cstudiosphotography.com/

Karrie's photos are currently on our site, please click the link to view them.  
http://alleventsplanned.com/portfolio.html


Other photos have been updated in our portfolio.  Special thanks to the other photographers that sent them over for our site.  We are still working on posting and updating.  Some great shots from Z Media are up next as well as more great photos from Dawn Bebout Photography.

Z Media
http://www.zphotomedia.com/

Justin K Photography

http://www.justinkphotography.com/

Dawn Bebout Photography

http://www.dawnbeboutphotography.com/

Shayne Wynn Studios 
http://www.shanewynn.com/index.php/home/
The Secrets behind Vendor Selection (that no one talks about)
After, what I would consider, a substantial amount of time in the industry, I think I have some advice on vendor selection that may be helpful to brides.  This may or may not be information that you would have previously considered or even thought about.  While I am not trying to say that it is typical of vendors to be untruthful about their abilities, in the day and age of "anyone can be anything with a good website", you need to be more careful.

1- ASSOCIATIONS: If your vendor belongs to an association, that is wonderful!  First thing you need to do is find out what it takes to become a Member of the association, in order to understand how "wonderful" that really makes your vendor.  Some associations just require a payment.  Yes, that is it.  Your DJ can be "certified by the "Amazing Wonderful Awesome DJ Association of America", and all he had to do was pay them $100.  While other associations have a lengthy review process and even referral requirements.  Find out which one your vendor participates in.

2- REFERRALS: Another thing that usually helps with choosing a vendor is referrals.  Some vendors just have "quotes" on their website, while others will offer you the numbers of several clients to contact.  Keep in mind, NO ONE, is going to give you the phone number to an unhappy client.  You'll need to know what matters most to you before you call, so that you have specific questions for the client.  "Were they on time?"  "How long did setup take?"  "How do you know the vendor or how did you find the vendor?"  "What type of attire did they wear?"  Sometimes even a simple "When did you last work with the vendor?" may bring up surprising information, such as "Eight years ago" and in that case, you might want to find someone who can offer useful, up to date, referrals. 

3- PHOTOGRAPHY: I am not referring to photographers.  I am referring to the photos that some vendors use on their site that have been provided by photographers.  A florist can do "okay" designs but when working with an "amazing" photographer, those designs/centerpieces/arrangements come out looking spectacular.  I'll be kicked out of the Wedding Planner Club for this one, but even some wedding planners can provide pictures of events that they worked, but that doesn't mean what you see has anything to do with what they did, sometimes they didn't even coordinate the vendors OR their work.  A Wedding Planner can work with great vendors to create a great day, that you CAN tell from a photo.  A Wedding Planner may not be able to create the design, color, creativity, layout and themes that you see, that you CAN'T tell from a photo.  Sometimes, if you are inclined, it is okay to ask Planners what part they had in the design of certain photos.  Don't count on your Planner to be able to create 6-story high centerpieces OR to even be able to setup place cards JUST because they show photos of those things.

I know, I know no one wants to hear this awful truth but it must be told.  I have researched many "Wedding Planner" sites and some of them, after investing time and energy to review, are nothing more than someone who has seen Jennifer Lopez in The Wedding Planner, one too many times.  You can't tell JUST from someone's website, so do your research.  Don't be fooled by the pretty pictures and the "I love you" quotes from clients.

I'll continue to expose the secrets of vendor selections (that no one wants to talk about) as the months go on, eventually you'll be able to sift through the Flash Sites and fancy blogs and find what matters!
VENDORS- UPDATE
Now is a great time to support/promote your favorite vendors. I would love to know who you like to use for-

Photography
Catering
Cakes
Dresses
Rentals
Limo
Hair/Makeup
Videography
Favors
Stationary/Invites
Reception Halls
Music
Entertainment
Anything else you can think of, add to the list.

Post your favorites on the blog comments. I have weddings booked for next year in Akron, Canton, Cleveland, so I'd like to hear about vendors from any area in NEO. I've got a few of my favorites, but I'm always interested in meeting, getting to know and recommending new vendors. If you have a favorite wedding planner, that is NOT me, that's okay, I'm always interested in meeting other planners as well! The best people come from referrals, do your favorite vendor a favor and list them!

I'm looking forward to getting to know some new people in the industry!

UPDATE- Thank you to the 50+ people that actually emailed me lists.  I was disappointed not to end up getting comments, but then as the emails came in, I realized it was a much better way to list them for me!  Thanks everyone!!