This is the first time you’ve planned a wedding! You know you need a photographer (check!), but you also need so many other people to make your big day a success story.
If you don’t know where to start, check out The Knot’s marketplace for your must-have vendors on your big day! They also make shopping for these must-have vendors easy on you during the planning process.
Let us help you out! We will provide some tips for choosing the best vendors here.
We will also do you one better and provide specific recommendations for vendors in each category you will need for your wedding.
We recommend these vendors because we have worked closely with them or have seen their work in action.
We only recommend people that are super professional and do fantastic work! We would never steer you wrong! We want your wedding day to be a success just as much as you do.
First, trust referrals! If businesses are gaining customers through word of mouth, it’s because they know what they are doing. Friends, family, and vendors you’ve already booked are all great resources you should use.
Secondly, do your research! Go to vendor websites and read their reviews. Remember, good vendors book up fast. You will want to get on their schedule as early as possible if they are the right fit for you.
Meet with your vendors face to face. You will always get a better idea if you are a good fit with someone in a real, in-person conversation than over the phone or through email. This is also a great time to see their work! Or taste if that applies. Yum.
Make sure your vendors have a good working contract that meets all your needs. You want to feel as comfortable as possible with the whole process from start to finish with each of your vendors. Have them sign on the dotted line committing to your date!
One more thing checked off the planning to-do list.
If you want your wedding on video, these film companies can’t be beat. They will tell your story through masterful wedding videography. Tears will stream down your face when you watch your day again on every anniversary for years to come.
Taking on planning your entire wedding by yourself can be a daunting task. Let these inspired coordinators help you with every detail of the day. They will make sure your celebration is unique and personalized!
On your most special day, you want to look like the absolute best version of yourself. These women will get you camera-ready, and your make-up will last through the entire event!
The last thing you want to worry about on your wedding day is doing your own hair! These teams will create the perfect look for you and your wedding party. They offer on-site services so you can continue to sip your mimosas while getting pampered! Doesn’t that sound so wonderfully relaxing?
The reception is only as successful as the music you choose! These bands will keep things fun, so your dance floor will be packed from the first moment you open it up to everyone. Party on and sing your hearts out!
A DJ will also serve as your MC for the night. Make sure you choose someone who has a great voice as well as great taste in music. These DJs will make sure your reception is an entire experience for your guests. You can also work with them to customize your playlist! No electric slide? No problem.
The sweet treats that come during the reception need to capture everyone’s attention. They’ll only want to stop dancing if the desserts are to die for. We promise you can’t go wrong with The Sweet Diaries. They offer cakes, cupcakes, cookies (the ones in our J&R welcome kits!), and so much more! Your cake cutting will be the event you always imagined!
Flowers can add an extra special touch to your wedding day. They add even more personalization to your decorations. These florists will make sure their designs are unique and tailored to your event! Your flower arrangement will be carefully curated to match your exact wedding style.
Each of your vendors will play such a special role in making your wedding day unforgettable. You should feel like you have a personal connection with each of them. Trust referrals you’re your research, and make sure you meet with them face to face. This way, you know they are invested in making your day as spectacular as you are!
Check out our Instagram @jrphotony and see if you can spot some of these vendors in action at the weddings we’ve photographed! See you there!