More likely than not this is your first time planning a wedding, but don’t be nervous to start inquiring with vendors. It is important to keep in mind the more information and ideas you share with the vendor's the more they will understand your vision and be able to make your wedding vision come to life. Here are some helpful tips to use for when you are inquiring with wedding vendors.
Search and Ask Around
Searching for your vendors can become overwhelming when pages upon pages of Google search results come up. To avoid getting overwhelmed, we suggest you use your resources when finding vendors. Talk to friends that just got married, talk with your venue and any other vendors you might have already booked, recommendations are usually there for a reason. Don't forget to look at the vendors work, check out their website, blog, and Facebook or Instagram page (see how active they are). Don't forget to look up reviews on them too, what are other couples saying about them? Did they have a positive experience with them?
Once you have a list of who you want to reach out to narrow it down. You will be overwhelmed if you reach out and email all the vendors you looked at so narrow down your search to your top 2 or 3 from your search then reach out.
You might just fill out a contact us form on their page, but you can also email them directly if the vendor's email address is on the page. Both ways, try to add some content to your initial email. Tell them why you are inquiring; provide them with your wedding date, location/venue, and services you are interested in, how you heard of them.
Don’t just ghost someone. If you already hired someone or no longer interested just politely say you are all set, otherwise you will continue to get follow up emails. (Not sure how to turn down a vendor read all about it here)
Be honest in your responses with your vendors and tell them what you are looking for. Most vendors will start off with emails, then request a phone call or in-person meeting to find out exactly what you are looking for on your wedding day and how they can help.