Making decisions about your wedding day can be hard. Not only do you feel pressure to make sure everything is absolutely perfect on one of the most important days of your life, but there’s just so many options!
As a Wedding DJ & Master of Ceremonies based in Phoenix, Arizona, I can tell you that the wedding industry is huge. There are so many possible vendors to choose from, and many couples can get overwhelmed by all of the options.
So, what should you take into account when making these important decisions? Not just regarding a specific type of vendor—but in general. What is the criteria for deciding if a vendor is right for you?
Now, this is entirely subjective, but I’ve attempted to create a list of some of the most important things my couples have considered before adding a new vendor to the team.
The first thing every couple should consider when choosing a vendor or venue is the cost. After doing some preliminary research, couples should create a wedding budget, with an idea of what percentage of that budget they plan on spending on each vendor.
Once you know about how much you want to spend—and how much that service usually costs in your area—choosing a vendor should be much easier.
Confused about how much money to allocate on each vendor? Check out this article I wrote about the most common wedding allocation budgets!
There is only one reason you may decide to spend more on your vendor than originally planned: value. If you find a DJ, caterer, or photographer that offers an amazing package, or can deliver the wedding day of your dreams, then go for it.
You created the wedding budget, but you don’t have to stick to it. You just need to decide if the value, and quality, offered by the vendor is worth paying more for.
Think of it like buying plane tickets for a 15-hour plane ride. You could always go for the cheaper economy tickets, but if the luxurious—yet expensive—business class tickets would make the ride that much better, then maybe you should get them. This is where the importance of the service comes into play. Is it more important to stay on budget? Or is it more important to be comfortable?
Before you allocate money to your wedding budget, and start booking your vendors, you need to decide what’s important to you. Would you rather spend your money on a more expensive venue? Or is an amazing DJ and MC more important to you? What can you do without? What can you DIY?
Before you start spending your money, you need to decide what to spend your money on. Most people can’t afford the best of everything, so go in knowing what you want the best of. Making these decisions can be difficult, but it must be done.
If you’re truly having a hard time, maybe look into hiring a wedding planner?
While that photo booth with all of the props seems like it could be a lot of fun, does it really seem appropriate for your elegant, understated theme?
Does that crystal tiara really go with your country chic aesthetic?
These are questions every couple must ask themselves when planning their wedding. While something may seem like a great idea on its own, the overall wedding should always be taken into account.
One of the hardest parts about planning a wedding is getting so many separate aspects to work together. Unless you want a patchwork wedding day—these pieces have to fit together cohesively.
Your wedding day is meant to be emotional. It’s meant to be nostalgic. It’s meant to celebrate your love story.
Your wedding day is the culmination of all of the time you’ve spent together, and the love that you share. It’s also the beginning of your life together.
The choices you make should be significant—they should mean something to you. Don’t just choose a first dance song because it’s popular, but because it’s your song.
Maybe you’ve chosen a fun song and choreographed a dance because that’s just who you are as a couple? Maybe the color palette for the reception is based off of your high school colors? Maybe you’ve decided to decorate the venue with photos of your time together?
While cost and value are important, at the end of the day your wedding is a celebration of your love story, and should reflect that. Don’t be afraid of being too cheesy, because this is the one day you can be as cheesy as you want—and no one can say anything. In fact, they’ll probably be happy for you.
If you feel like I’m missing anything, feel free to let me know it the comments!