#3. Ask Other About-to-Wed Brides/ Grooms
You can find other about-to-weds at your pre-wedding sessions where many other couples attend – just make friends and ask if they have found their own vendors (caterers, photographers, hall decorators, wedding gown seller and so on) and ask them for names or list of good ones they know. Joining special online forums for about-to-wed brides/ grooms is also a great way to meet other people getting married around same time as you – and you can post a question asking like ‘who knows a good wedding caterer in Lagos’, and you’ll be surprised to get replies from other brides like you. You can also ask for advice and opinions to help you make a critical wedding-planning decision, like ‘what is a good wedding colour combo that will combine with red’. NaijaGlamWedding’s brides’ club is a good one – it’s free to join.
#4. Attend Wedding/ Event Fairs Happening Near You
Events and wedding professionals are always looking for places where they can meet about-to-wed couples looking for their services, and wedding fairs and events trade shows allow them to meet more potential customers. The first step in finding good quality wedding vendors is to make a list of vendors in your area; then ask them questions one by one to eliminate those that are not a good fit for your needs. Attending wedding fairs in your state/ city is a nice way to find wedding vendors – WEDEXPO Is a popular one in Nigeria, and there are many others. There are also trade shows for cake bakers.
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#5. Ask Wedding Vendors
Find one wedding professional and they will lead you to the rest – this is a fact. One of the fastest ways to compile a list of potential wedding vendors is to ask other wedding vendors – they are all in the same wedding industry. In their course of work, they have met countless numbers of other wedding vendors, and so they know the good ones and the bad ones. If you’re short of time, hire your first vendor and ask them to recommend the others (HINT: Be the one to choose who to hire). They should provide you more than one vendor option per vendor type – for example: they should name 3 or more caterers, 3 decorators – so that you will choose from those. Hope you get the gist? By the way, wedding planners do vendor searching as part of their job when hired (it’s optional), thereby taking the stress off you.