Navigating Ottawa Wedding Prices Part 2 of 4: Shopping

Now that we’ve talked about the hardest part of planning a wedding, we can talk about one of the most fun aspects: shopping! This is the part where you get to dream, find inspiration, and make final choices on wedding vendors.

When you’re shopping for a vendor, there are a few key things you should look for. Make sure the vendor you choose has some experience – some vendors are fantastic and have only been doing their work for a few years, and others have been working for decades. Choosing someone with no experience is risky, and your day may not go smoothly if you’re spending it fighting with one of your vendors or scrambling to find a new one because the one you booked didn’t show.

Another important factor, for almost everyone, is price. This is where my last post on budgeting for your wedding really comes into play. Before you’ve started shopping, you should know approximately what you’re willing to spend on each vendor. This will set your expectations and allow you to think more objectively.

Once you’ve decided on a particular vendor, make sure you ask the right questions. Two months ago, I made a post of 10 Things to Look for in a Potential Wedding Photographer. Although specific to photography, almost all of the questions can be applied to any potential vendors – questions about contracts, time constraints, insurance, and products offered.

After choosing your vendor and asking all the right questions, the next step is negotiating. This can be intimidating, but with the right tools and the right attitude, you can excel and save yourself some extra money!


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