My Wedding - - FASHION - By St­eff Green­ding­

You’re mak­ing de­ci­sions about the big­gest day of your life. How do you know which wed­ding ven­dors you can trust?

It used to be you could tell a good ven­dor by the qual­ity of the ad­ver­tis­ing ma­te­ri­als. A flash web­site, el­e­gant busi­ness cards, and a big stall at the wed­ding fair give the im­pres­sion of a busi­ness that’s got it to­gether. The truth is, you shouldn’t hire a ven­dor based only on their col­lat­eral. Just be­cause they have a snazzy web­site or are giv­ing out free chocolates at the wed­ding expo, doesn’t mean they of­fer the right ser­vice for your wed­ding. To­day’s brides are smart, and they de­mand more.

So how can you be sure you’re work­ing with ven­dors who are pro­fes­sional, le­git­i­mate, and good at what they do? Sim­ple: look at cus­tomer re­views.

Re­views of wed­ding ven­dors come di­rect from the cou­ples who have used their ser­vices. They will give you the most un­bi­ased in­di­ca­tion of the type of ser­vice you can ex­pect.

Think about it: if you’re get­ting mar­ried and a busi­ness you trusted does some­thing aw­ful that ru­ins the wed­ding, you are go­ing to want to rant about it to any­one who will lis­ten! Like­wise, if a com­pany went above and be­yond for you on your spe­cial day, you will want to make sure you ac­knowl­edge their ef­forts. That’s why so many cou­ples are post­ing re­views of their wed­ding ven­dors on wed­ding­

Re­views can help you de­ter­mine if a ven­dor has ma­jor is­sues, such as bad com­mu­ni­ca­tion or shady prac­tices. Re­views will also clar­ify if a ven­dor is ex­actly the type of per­son you’re look­ing for – some­one who fits well with your style and per­son­al­ity.

Per­haps you’re look­ing for a wed­ding pho­tog­ra­pher. One pho­tog­ra­pher’s re­view de­scribes his shoot­ing style: “He is a real ‘take-charge’ kind of guy – marched us through a se­ries of beau­ti­fully-staged shots.” An­other pho­tog­ra­pher is de­scribed as be­ing “ex­tremely laid-back. He didn’t give us any di­rec­tion or pos­ing sug­ges­tions. We got to con­trol the whole wed­ding shoot and we couldn’t be hap­pier with the re­sults.”

While both pho­tog­ra­phers are good, the one you choose will de­pend on which style works best with you and your wed­ding. If I had a clear vi­sion of how I wanted the shots to look, I would choose the sec­ond pho­tog­ra­pher. But if I was a bit ner­vous about pos­ing for all those pho­tos, I would choose to take di­rec­tions from the first. Ven­dor re­views can help you nar­row down your choices to who’s right for you.

But do re­mem­ber that be­cause a ven­dor has one or two bad re­views, it doesn’t mean they aren’t worth con­sid­er­ing. Bad re­views might come about be­cause of poor ser­vice, but they can also be the re­sult of a mis­match in com­mu­ni­ca­tion or ex­pec­ta­tions be­tween ven­dor and cou­ple. This hap­pens more of­ten than you re­alise, and isn’t nec­es­sar­ily the fault of the ven­dor.

Read be­tween the lines of each re­view and ask yourself: “Is there an­other side to this story?” If you’re con­cerned, be di­rect and ask the ven­dor about the re­view. The way they han­dle that ques­tion will tell you a lot about their busi­ness prac­tices.

A typ­i­cal cou­ple will spend tens of thou­sands of dol­lars with wed­ding ven­dors leading up to their big day. Re­views can help en­sure you choose the right people to make your wed­ding a suc­cess. Only Wed­ding­ lets you search and re­view thou­sands of ven­dors from all across New Zealand. If you’re look­ing for a good place to start, try the Wed­ding­Wise Top Rated ven­dors and VIPs – com­pa­nies with more than ten pos­i­tive re­views.

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