Tips on Finding Wedding Vendors You Love (And Can Afford!)

When I first started planning our wedding, I found finding vendors to be one of the most overwhelming tasks. It seemed totally daunting and impossible to find vendors who not only did work that I loved (rather than just ‘liked’) but also worked in the right area and crucially – were in budget. Now that we’re a few months in though, I’m extremely happy to say that we have found some amazing vendors who I’m incredibly excited to hopefully book (as soon as we get a date in the diary!). So I thought I would share how I’ve been hunting down those diamonds in the rough – I hope you find this useful!

  • Instagram. I never would have guessed that Instagram would play such a huge role in our wedding planning. Sure, I use it every day for looking at pretty pictures but I didn’t think of its use much beyond that. The wedding community on Instagram is huge though and helpfully, many vendors showcase their work on there and tag the other vendors they’re worked with. I found our likely venue through Instagram as well as some excellent hair and makeup options.
  • Wedding blogs. This one is an obvious one and there is obviously a wealth of wedding blogs and real weddings to look at. That said, there is so much to look at, it can be a bit overwhelming (have you seen how many vendors are listed on Style Me Pretty?!), which is why I’ve been very reliant on….
  • Pinterest. I’ve been pinning away for inspiration but I’ve also found it massively helpful for linking to real weddings, focusing in on styles that I already know I love (because I’ve clicked the photo!). It really helps to edit down the huge variety of real weddings on most wedding websites.
  • Photography blogs. I am a fully fledged wedding photography blog addict! I absolutely love looking at beautiful weddings and many photographers list the vendors they work with which is massively helpful. I found our florist this way 🙂
  • Recommendations from vendors. If you find a vendor that you trust and love, ask them for recommendations. I have yet to meet a single vendor that that isn’t forthcoming with their recommendations – regardless of whether I’ve booked them or not. If you love their work enough to book them, chances are you’ll love their recommendations too. Bonus: they will probably be around the same price point (relatively speaking) as your vendor.
  • Other weddings. We’re at the age when it seems that everyone is getting married so we’re attending a lot of weddings at the moment. This is less relevant for us because we’re getting married in France but if we were having our wedding in the UK, I imagine I’d already have most of it planned because of all the amazing vendors our friends have used!

One other tip I would give is to not necessarily dismiss vendors based on their location. Particularly when it comes to photography and videography, I’ve been very surprised at how reasonable costs have come in at for vendors abroad. Some will discount their rates and include travel if they want to build up their portfolio of international weddings so it’s certainly worth asking the question.

I hope you found this useful! From going from a place where I was feeling a bit hopeless about finding vendors that I loved that were within budget to now having found too many that I want to work with, it’s definitely worth doing the research, with the knowledge that it won’t always be this time consuming 🙂

Thank you for stopping by!

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6 Comments

  1. July 12, 2017 / 4:08 pm

    Amie,

    These are excellent tips! I found that the vendors who were hesitant to give recommendations were also stingy in many other ways and were ultimately not chosen. It is exciting that you already have a few in mind! What are the biggest vendors you have yet to find?

  2. July 13, 2017 / 2:07 am

    This was really helpful even though I am not getting married any time soon haha. I’ll definitely keep these tips in mind for the future. 🙂

  3. Janell
    July 13, 2017 / 11:35 am

    I found my wedding venue on instagram! Never expected it either since in my research I had never even heard of the place!

  4. Gemma
    July 13, 2017 / 6:53 pm

    Amie,

    I hope you are well.

    I was just wondering where about in France you were getting married? I am getting married in France next year too, we have the venue booked, but still looking for photographer, musicians etc.
    I was wondering if you could share with me please?

    Thanks

  5. Alice
    July 19, 2017 / 1:36 pm

    Hi Amie!

    I’ve been following you and watching your Youtube videos for a while now and I’m absolutely thrilled to hear you’re getting married in my country! Is there a particular reason for it? (Family… or just the romantic feel 😉 ) Do you have a precise area in mind?

    I see your researches are going strong! Hope you’ll have a nice weather and that you have a fun time organising everything!

    Bises,

    Alice

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