Now that our venue is selected and the date is set, the next thing on our wedding to-do list is to fill the wedding gaps with vendors.
With numerous websites offering their “top picks” and a surplus of companies to choose from, hiring someone to co-host an event can be a tricky task. I have spent hours searching the Internet looking for perfect vendors and have compiled a few tips to help make the hiring process less of a chore.
Crash A Few Weddings: Even before I was engaged I took notes at every event I attended. In fact, the easiest decision I made was choosing my DJ. I pretty much had the company picked out years before I even had a ring on my finger. Seeing a company in action is the best way to make a decision. Anyone can sugar coat a service during a meeting but seeing a company in their element is the best way to see if they are the right fit for your wedding. If you don’t have any events to attend, talk to your venue to see if you can peak in on a few upcoming events to check out different companies.
Meet and Greet: Before you sign a contract with anyone you plan on hiring you should try to meet them in person. Not only will you get a sense of who they are and what their work ethic is like, you’ll also have the opportunity to negotiate services and even different ideas that you may not have thought about. Plus, first impressions are important and if you get a bad feeling about anyone, move on.
Don’t Rush: I have had a few instant connections with vendors, especially photographers, but after the phone calls were over there was something missing. Before you make any rash decisions, make sure you are 100% confident with your choices. Some contracts are hard to break and you don’t want to be disappointed on your wedding day.
Straight From the Vendors Mouth:: Photo Booths
Danielle Nelson from Capture POD, a Miami based photo booth company was kind enough to send over a few tips after reading a recent blog post. The tips are perfect for any bride-to-be contemplating a photo booth. I am still up in the air about having one at my wedding reception but the tips below are definitely helpful!
Get a visual: Many photo booth rental companies don’t post pictures of their booths on their websites. Before a sweet talking sales rep lures you in with a great price, request to see the photo booth in person and test it out before making any commitments. If you’re not able to see the booth in person, then request multiple images, as well as the booth’s dimensions. Photo booths come in all shapes and sizes. A visual not only allows you to see if the booth matches your wedding’s aesthetic, but also lets you see if the booth’s size is ideal for your event space. Some booths are as large as 8′ x 10′!
Consider your guest list: Is your crowd younger or older? Will they know how to operate a photo booth? Will small children be tall enough to be photographed? Ask your photo booth rental company what the start to finish process will be for guests using the photo booth. Testing the booth prior to the event before booking is highly recommended so that you can experience it for yourself. Capture POD booths feature a user-friendly touch screen with step by step instructions for guests, but a friendly on-site attendant is also provided to show your guests the ropes. A photo booth is no fun if no one knows how to use it.
Add a personal touch: Does the photo booth have any customizable features? Most photo booths will let you personalize your prints. Ask to see the designs that they currently have available and what changes can be made to them. Your guests will most likely hang on to their photo strips for a long time so make sure that your prints look the way you want your big day to be remembered. Does your wedding have a theme? If your rental package includes props, find out what they are to see if those props coordinate with your event. If not, ask your rental company if they would be willing to buy some. This way your photo booth will look and feel more a part of your wedding.
If you are interested in learning more about Capture POD call 305-572-1906 or visit their website at http://www.capturePOD.com