Hey guys! This is a bit of a quick "rant" following a conversation I had yesterday with another San Antonio wedding vendor, the owner of one of my favorite local Event Entertainment companies. Our discussion was centered on the wedding experience we want for our clients and different things we do prior to the wedding day, and on the wedding day, to insure that happens.
I'll be publishing a series of blog posts to help educate couples planning their wedding on what to look for, and what to avoid, when hiring their wedding vendors because the vendors are like the un-seen bridal party that can honestly make or break the experience of the wedding day.
It's a challenging industry to work in because most of our clients have zero wedding planning experience and it can be really easy to make mistakes simply because they don't know any better. That's my mission, to get the education out there so no one ends up with a bad wedding experience because of something that could have been prevented.
In my conversations with other wedding vendors for this series of blog posts I've realized that all of my favorite vendors to work with have one thing in common - the client's experience on their wedding day comes first. No matter what.
The wedding day is such a huge day for so many couples! You're celebrating love, your love and your relationship with another human being. It's a party, a ceremony, a family reunion. It's fun, it's joy, it's change, it's excitement, it's nervousness, oh, and you typically spend a year planning it. And ... like any event this big - it isn't cheap. No one wants to waste money, and when it's a day as important as this one that's just one more stress factor to pile on top of everything else.
You've probably also never planned a wedding before ... so there is that too.
In my dream world the only wedding vendors on the planet would be the 100% passionate ones who are completely invested in their couples, and in making their couples' wedding day experience everything it could possibly be.
However, when you have a client with no wedding planning experience or connections, throw in the fact that the wedding industry is extremely hard to break into as a vendor, you naturally end up with a fair number of wedding vendors who are not in it for the right reasons.
There are people who see weddings as a "get rich quick" opportunity because of how much it costs to provide high-quality wedding services. When couples don't know any better they have no reason to suspect that these vendors are not professionals with their best interests in mind. Couples simply don't know any better and that is where the wedding vendor horror stories come from. Hearing these stories hurts me, even though those couples aren't my clients, because almost every "horror story" situation could have been prevented and I want a couple's wedding to be amazing.
When you put so much time, energy, emotions and money into one day, one event, you need to hire people who will help you deliver this vision into reality. Don't make your wedding vendor decisions lightly, and if you aren't connecting with anyone don't just settle. For a spouse, or for a wedding vendor.