Before instagram, facebook, twitter and any of the social media outlets how did we find anything (wedding vendors)? Once upon a time there was word of mouth!!! The good news is this means of vendor searching is still an available and reliable option. Its best to know about someone from another person who actually used their service.
Truth is, I have no issue with social media - none - but it doesn't always tell the whole story. Think about it, everyone is always on the go, scrolling, liking, and barely taking time to read a post and because we are visual creatures, we are enticed by the nice things we SEE and easily make decisions based on that. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that, however, we can try to go a step further in the searching process.
When it comes to finding vendors, the first thing is to get your budget in order because most vendors have a set price so if anyone has to make adjustments its you. NO VENDOR is more important than the other, the only difference is some do the backstage work (MUA, hairstylist, Baker, decorator) and others are at the forefront (Planner/Coordinator, MC, DJ, Video and Photo). I can't stress enough how successful your event will be if you have a strong vendor team, it gives you peace of mind because all they have to do is communicate with each other.
Also there is a lot of misconception about number of followers/popularity which can make the vendor decision a little hard. Some vendors are big on social media presence, others don't care (can't figure it out, keep up, or post pictures) and that should not take away from the good work they are capable of doing.Again there is nothing wrong with popularity/many followers, it may mean more experience, more exposure, an expensive brand and a dedicated social media manager lol but that does not define the vendor.
SPEND TIME looking at their work that is the trick!! Half of the time the followers or likers have never used their service (they are just hype-men). Some people genuinely work hard to promote their brand but they may not be as popular. So ask yourself; are they priced within your means? Do they have availability? Do they have great reviews? Can they get the work done? If you answer yes to these questions then you have yourself a vendor.
The point is you can find most vendors and their work on instagram but try asking that friend who just got married about their vendors. I get it, maybe their style is not your style or they are not within your budget, fair enough, but don't give up, instead tell them your vision. Verily I say unto you(lolol), Im not here to discourage you but don't overspend if you can't afford to, think about it, ITS JUST ONE DAY and you can still have an elegant, memorable day without over splurging.
DISCLAIMER: It’s your day, your choice, this is just my ✌🏾cents from experience and being a boss planner :)
-The Boss Planner