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Tips for Choosing Reliable Wedding Vendors

"Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life and you should be free to enjoy every moment of it without a care in the world. "After the months and months of planning that goes into your perfect event, you want the day to go as smoothly as possible. That is why it becomes necessary to choose your vendors wisely. There is nothing worse than a photographer who doesn’t show, leaving you scrambling for a wedding guest with a decent camera to capture all of your special moments. You don’t need that type of stress on your wedding day. Here are some tips to selecting reliable vendors, so your wedding can be pulled off without a hitch:

7 tips for choosing reliable wedding vendors

1. Referrals -ask your friends and family for their recommendations.  You tend to trust those close to you. They speak from personal experience and usually won’t lead you down the wrong path.

2. Reviews – similar to referrals, reviews on Yelp or other open review platforms, can give you a better idea on the personal experience of others working with a particular vendor. Usually, people will review a vendor if they have had a horrible experience or a wonderful experience. Read through the reviews to get a sense if the vendor is someone you can trust.

3. Better Business Bureau – it is always a good idea to visit the BBB website. For no cost, you can check if there are any complaints filed against the vendor.

4. Research early – the most sought after vendors book up fast. To be assured you get your first choice, start your search early.

5. Meet with the vendors face-to-face – first impressions do matter. When you meet with vendors face-to-face, you can get a feel for their demeanor in order to be reassured you are choosing wisely. You can also take the opportunity to see samples of the person’s work (photos, cakes, flowers, etc.). It’s a great idea to go prepared with a list of questions that you would like answered to make sure the details of your wedding turn out exactly how you envision.

6. Trusted vendor partners – if you find a vendor you love and trust, ask the vendor if he or she has any recommended partners to help with other aspects of your wedding. Oftentimes, vendors have preferred partners they like to work with and this saves you time and energy on doing your own research.

7. Contract – this is a must have for any vendor. The contract should state exactly what you are getting with no hidden fees. It also commits the vendor to provide services for your wedding day. Read the contract thoroughly and ask about any points that seems unclear to you. The contract should protect you in an event of a dispute.

Even with the most careful planning and vendor selection, unfortunate situations can occur that are out of your control. In cases like these, you don’t want to get stuck paying the bill for vendor cancellations or no-shows. That is why Markel offers wedding cancellation insurance, which reimburses you for lost deposits and non-refundable amounts if you have to cancel or postpone your event due to unforeseen circumstances. Visit www.markeleventinsurance.com or call 1-855-480-9757 to get a free event insurance quote and learn more.


rosesandrings1. Never both be angry at the same time.

2. Never yell at each other unless the house is on fire.

3. If one of you has to win an argument, let it be your mate.

4. If you have to criticize, do it lovingly.

5. Never bring up mistakes of the past.

6. Neglect the whole world rather than each other.

7. Never go to sleep with an argument unsettled.

8. At least once every day try to say one kind or complimentary thing to your life partner.

9. When you have done something wrong, be ready to admit it and ask for forgiveness.

10. It takes two to make a quarrel and the one in the wrong is the one who does the most talking.

You may download this document as a PDF at Marriage Rules

If you are getting married in South Florida, give Eden Florist a call at 954-981-5515 or visit our Website at www.EdenFlorist.com.

Before You Plan Your Wedding, Read This

…Book by my good friend Pam Archer.

It’s called 99 Things You Wish You Knew Before You Planned Your Wedding. And it’s the best! It is small, simple to read and filled with bite-sized tips to help you including Doing Your Homework, Budgetting, Who to Invite, Using a Wedding Planner, Using Professionals (instead of your friends and relatives – unless of course they take pictures, do video, do flowers, etc. for a living), Personalizing your wedding, Your Husband, and even some tips for “The Morning After” when you are actually married!

I may be a little partial to the book, because I contributed a small essay to one of the chapters about the question most often asked of a florist “will my bouquet be beautiful?”  My flip answer was “we charge extra for beautiful.” But seriously the real answer is when it truly reflects the brides taste and choice and is done to her specifications then of course it will be beautiful.  Even though beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, our ultimate goal with any wedding or event is to be a small part of making it the most beautiful day of a bride and groom’s life and that means, yes it will be beautiful!

Let’s face it, when you hire professionals to create the perfect wedding including your florist, then it is our job to do our job.  Create beautiful, professionally designed floral pieces that add to the overall event.  Of course, budgetting and seasonality are certainly things to consider when planning your floral decor.  We may not be able to make a $1,000 budget look like $10,000 but we can certainly help any bride get the most for their investment.

99 Things You Wish You Knew Before You Planned Your Wedding also includes A Budget Guide, A Flower Checklist and a Resource Section to help any budget concious, creative bride plan the perfect wedding!

And if you are planning a wedding in South Florida Give Eden Florist a Call at 800-966-3336 or 954-981-5515. We will be happy to work with you!