Selecting Wedding Vendors


Melanie Wells Photography

Melanie Wells Photography


Congratulations your getting married now its time to select your wedding vendors.

Over the holidays many people get engaged. The excitement of the moment has finally started to settle down and you’ve even started jotting down your ideas for your dream wedding. I’m sure you’ve probably already started your Pinterest board for wedding ideas. You may have even started selecting your wedding vendors.

Selecting your wedding vendors is on of the most important aspects of planning your wedding. You want to choose vendors whose work you love, and individuals that you trust as well as enjoy working with.  Obviously when it comes to your photographer that is another thing to think about. After all you’ll be spending a big portion of your day with him or her. So choosing someone you connect with is key. That doesn’t mean that selecting the caterer, the baker, and florist isn’t just as important.

The key to selecting any vendor is communication, be clear as to what your vision is and what you want to achieve with the relationship with the individual or company that you hire. In person meetings will let you get a feel for the individual and how they interact with you and your fiancee. At the very least a phone conversation that allows you to ask questions and get a feel of what to expect. Trust your instincts if your not comfortable or feel that something isn’t just right keep searching.

Hiring someone who’s new to the wedding industry? This can mean a cost savings as they are just getting started, and just because they don’t have the experience of someone who’s been in it for 10 or 20 years doesn’t mean that they can’t do a good job. Remember everyone starts somewhere. The more experienced the vendor the less likely that things will go wrong because chances are they have already went through a lot of the things that can go wrong and know what to do to work around the situation and get through it.

For instance a photographer just getting into doing weddings may not have back up equipment, chances are they can’t afford it so they may only come with one camera and a couple of lenses. Where as someone who’s been around will more then likely have more then one camera, as well as multiple lenses, flashes, and batteries etc to insure that if something stops working that they have a back up to cover with.

Working with a wedding planner has its advantages as well, since many times they can guide you towards vendors that they have worked with in the past and are familiar with their work.

Selecting wedding vendors  is probably the most confusing aspect of the whole wedding planning process. After all more then likely this is the first wedding you have ever planned so your not sure where to start. I hope this information was helpful and that your planning is as stress free as it can possibly be.

I have also linked to some really awesome wedding vendors that would be happy to talk to you and answer any questions you may have.

A great way to check out or locate and speak to a bunch of vendors at the same time is attending a Bridal show in your area. They are usually held late fall or right after the first of the year. January and February are the prime months for most bridal shows.

MAM Candy -wedding favors- hand rolled and dipped chocolate bonbons that are incredible wonderful

Vaughn House of Flowers-flowers- does amazing work

Swans Landing-Catering and Floral , Decorations- full service catering right down to the decorations

Maple Hill Manor BB-Honeymoon and Wedding Venue-quaint historical old home surrounded by alpaca farm

All the Way Plumb BB-honeymoon or guest accommodations-located in Hodgenville, Ky. Owners Mike and Kay Smith are a delightful couple who you absolutely love.

Sugar Fashion Cakes-Wedding cakes and cupcakes-they are awesome

Gordon Thomas-Singer, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, and the Bluegrass Opera House, as well as many weddings, and guest singer at Churches throughout the state.




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