Now that you’re sporting a beautiful new engagement ring, it’s time to start thinking about planning your wedding!

You may be overwhelmed on where to start, but our team has to put together some key tips for finding the best vendors for your big day – from the venue (let’s be honest, this one is pretty obvious if you’re in Kansas City!) to the florist, let this serve as your guide to wedding vendor selection excellence.

The Venue

Whether you’ve already been dreaming about a rustic venue with modern touches, or you’re the type to fall for a timeless classic with that perfect chandelier, there’s much more to think about for your wedding venue than just the setting.

Location, budget and the size of your guest list are also key factors at play.

It’s all about logistics. Here are a few questions to consider:

  • How much are you willing to spend?
  • Is the venue big enough to fit all of your guests?
  • Will the ceremony and reception be held at the venue?
  • Will you need to arrange for transportation?
  • Is there a bridal room for you to finish getting ready in?
  • Does the venue offer linens?
  • Is there a catering kitchen or fridge? What about ice?

The Caterer

Speaking of catering, if there’s only one thing your guests expect at a wedding, it’s probably food. That’s why finding a great caterer is key to keeping guests full and happy.

Questions to consider:

  • Based on your guest count, what are you willing to pay for a meal per guest?
  • Do any of your guests have food allergies or intolerances?
  • Will the caterer supply service ware?
  • Do they also make cakes?
  • Can they suggest menu ideas?

The Florist

Maybe you’re a simple gal that only wants a bouquet, or maybe you want flowers everywhere – but one thing is certain: flowers and weddings go hand in hand. Florists can take your vision and create beautiful bouquets and centerpieces. And corsages and boutonnieres, of course! Some florists even offer greenery installations and landscaping, perfect for the all-out bride.

Questions to consider: 

  • What can you get for your budget range?
  • How is the flower quality – will they still look beautiful after the last dance?
  • Are your colors in season?
  • Can the florist deliver the day of the wedding?

The Photographer

Capturing your wedding day with photography is something that you will treasure forever – so don’t mess around when it comes to finding a great photographer! Even if you’re not sure where to start on style of photos, an experienced photographer can guide you through the process and ensure you’ll love the final product.

Questions to consider: 

  • Do they have a wide range of work you can view online?
  • Do they clearly understand your vision?
  • Will they capture the moments that you consider most important? 
  • Will they stick around after the ceremony long enough to get fun pics of the reception?
  • How quickly will you have the completed photos?
  • Will you receive a flash drive of all your photos?

The Wedding Planner

No matter how hard you try to keep all of the details of the wedding straight, planning the most important day of your life isn’t easy. That’s where a wedding pro comes in handy.

Things to consider: 

  • What does the budget allow?
  • How involved do you want your wedding planner to be?
  • Do your personalities jive?
  • Will they be available the day of the wedding to assist you?

Now you’re all set to start planning! Still need a little assistance? Contact us today and we’ll be happy to help!