Research is key when choosing people to provide services for the biggest day of your lives
I got asked yesterday by a potential bride if I had ever won any wedding awards? To which I replied gladly “No I don’t enter them“.
I think there’s a common misconception that such awards automatically mean a particular supplier is the best in the industry but for some awards there may only have been two or three entrants for the winner to be considered from. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying a winner won’t be great at what they do, but my point is you mustn’t solely go off the fact that the supplier is ‘award winning’, make sure you go on to do further research.
Look at Reviews
I can only speak from my point of view but if I was buying something whether it be a new laptop or entertainment for the biggest day of my life, then the last thing I would look at would be what awards they had won. The first port of call for me with anything is always reviews. By reading reviews you are straight away doing the best form of research. You can gain so much from these and gauge what other clients who were once in your position have honestly experienced.
Ask Suppliers’ Opinions
Next thing to do is to ask suppliers who you’ve already booked what they think of who you are considering for other aspects of your wedding. People who work in the wedding industry cross paths with other suppliers all the time, so they are a great source of knowledge to be able to compare the services provided by competitors in similar fields.
Speak to Staff at your Venue
Speaking to the wedding co-ordinator at your chosen venue about which suppliers they have seen work at weddings held there in the past is also a great way of finding out the quality of a person’s work. They see weddings happening all the time with a varied combination of wedding suppliers and will be able to let you know honestly whose work may fit with your style and wishes for your celebrations.
Once your research has been done and you’re teetering on the edge of booking someone, arrange to meet them for an informal chat – the last thing you want is a personality clash with someone you are going to have to deal with for the entirety of your wedding planning, so are you compatible? Do you get on? Are you going to be able to have a successful working relationship with this person when discussing the ins and outs of your wedding requirements?
In my many years’ experience of dealing with couples planning their wedding, the ones who did their research ended up with exactly what they wanted and a lot less worries on the day than those who didn’t. And in my opinion, ‘award winning’ doesn’t always mean ‘the best’….but what do I know, I’ve never won one 😉
Here are some of my Reviews