Guest blogger: Lester Molina of Lester Molina Photography
A recent poll in a popular bridal forum, asked brides to rate the most important vendors on their list, from 1-10, 10 being the least important, therefore 1 being the most important. The following are the actual options the brides were given to vote on.
1 Food and Service
2 Beverage and Bartenders
3 Reception Venue
5 Dress and Alterations
7 Reception Decorations and Centerpieces
9 Cake and Cutting Fee
Your order may be a little different, depending on what’s more important to you, but, look closely, do you see something missing? You will, if you are planning to walk away from the wedding with a marriage certificate. The Officiant. These brides were so focused on what they wanted for their wedding, they overlooked the one vendor they could not have a wedding without. Other vendors, such as photographers, videographers, florists, caterers, dj, planner, and others, are more of a want, than a need.
What do you absolutely NEED for your wedding? Well, the officiant. Without one, or at least a public notary, you’ll not be getting married any time soon. Although the Officiant is technically the most important, other vendors are just as important, if you wish to make your wedding, the most memorable day of your life, at least until the birth of your child. See, weddings are a rather complex event. A lot of coordinations is needed to make it work like you want it to. That’s why hiring a planner is the best way to go. You also want your guests to have fun, and enjoy your wedding day (in the end, the reception is just a big party you throw your guests, so they can celebrate your wedding with you), therefore you need food, drinks, a nice wedding cake, and a place to hold all this in. Caterers, bartenders, bakers, and a venue is needed to achieve this. That’s only the food part of the fun, now comes the dancing part of the fun, so a good professional dj, or at least a band will make sure to keep the guests on their feet, and from leaving early due to a boring reception. You’ll also want a florist to decorate the venue, make your bouquets, boutonnières, and other floral arrangements so your wedding looks just like you envisioned it.
This will also help you get beautiful wedding photographs, and wedding video, because you do want to have something to look at and remember your wedding, right? Then you’ll need a professional wedding photographer, and videographer. So you see, one is really not more important than the other. On your wedding day, we all come together and chip in, to make your wedding exactly what you dreamed it to be. So, next time, think about what you’ll be missing if you decide to leave a vendor for last, or excluded at all, and make the right decision. If you don’t, you’ll regret it after the wedding, I guarantee it!
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