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Get Referrals Before You Select a Wedding Vendor

by Anne
(San Francisco, CA)

My advice to all new brides is to not hire any wedding vendor without a direct referral from either a good friend, the administrators at your reception site, or the wedding officiant. There are a lot of scammers out there, and many of them are even listed in the phone book with great big, expensive ads.

I have heard many stories of caterers going bankrupt and closing their doors right before the bride and groom’s big day (after receiving the deposit, of course), of couples spending thousands on wedding photos and never even receiving a single photo, et cetera. Also, many churches and reception venues have unusual rules you might not be aware of until it’s too late. (Somehow, a lot of these rules never seem to make it into the contract.) And your wedding will go a lot more smoothly if everyone is working together well.

I’ll give you an example of what I mean. Before we hired a wedding photographer, we asked the priest who was to officiate if he had any preferences. And he most certainly did, he personally felt that there were only a handful of photographers he could work with, and he recommended one to us. She turned out to be wonderful, and we got amazing photos. I don’t think we would have gotten half of those great shots if our priest had been fighting with the photographer the whole time. So definitely get those referrals. Ask around first!

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