Vendors; there's only about 10,000 to choose from. How do you know who to pick, what to look for and questions to ask when shopping for the perfect vendor?
First and foremost... check yelp reviews. Sounds silly, but if theres a problem with a vendor, most clients turn to yelp to address it. It's sad to say, but most clients will leave a negative review before leaving a positive one. Yelp is a great tool when researching companies, vendors, and guests overall experience.
If their price is super low, be cautious. I understand the price of weddings add up quickly. Just because their price is low, doesn't always mean a good thing. If it's too good to be true.... it typically is. Do your research and ask why their price is lower than other vendors. The price might be lower due to less experience or just starting off. my advice, spend a little extra money on vendors you'll be able to trust and count on!
"Friend vendors." All I can say is YIKES! When you have a friend of a friend working your wedding, they typically don't treat your wedding as a professional vendor. They slack off, are late, drink on the job, or feel the same rules don't apply to them. Just because they are giving you the friend discount, doesn't always mean a good thing. I also feel mixing friend/profession can create sticky situations. Do yourself a favor, and let your friend enjoy your wedding day with you, and hire a professional!
Do your research and go on your gut when searching for the perfect vendor! There are plenty to choose from. When doing a meet and greet, make sure to ask all your questions. Make sure to understand what they will be responsible for, what they are providing, and how they can make your day seamless! A little goes a long way!