Wedding Wednesday - I'm Engaged! Now What? - Week 5

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Well take a look at that gorgeous ring of yours! Congratulations on your engagement! Before you walk down the aisle, you will stroll hand-in-hand down wedding planning road with your future hubby and we couldn’t be more excited for you! One of our primary goals here at Brilliant Bridal is to educate and empower our brides and grooms to make the right wedding planning decisions at the right time. Since there are so many newly engaged couples this time of year trying to figure out where to start now that they've said "yes" we are going to be doing a 5 week Wedding Wednesday blog series to help you get started in the right direction!

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Hooray, it’s time to begin booking your wedding pros! There are a lot of talented, creative and professional people to work with in the wedding industry and then there are....others.  We can't recommend enough taking the time to

vet your wedding vendors!

Today, this can easily be accomplished online.  We suggest starting your search at WeddingWire.com. This trusted wedding review site and search engine will help you locate local vendors and read trusted reviews from other couples that used their services.

A few important things to look for when reading vendor reviews:

  1. When was their most recent review submitted?  If they haven't had any within the past 12 months, you'll probably want to move on.
  2. How many reviews do they have?  If someone is still building their business they may not have a lot of reviews yet, this isn't necessarily a red flag but cross reference the vendor with other review sites or spend a good amount of time chatting with them to make sure they're the real deal.
  3. Read the 5 star reviews and 1 star reviews and keep an eye out for suspiciously positive and negative reviews.  Unfortunately both extremely positive and extremely negative illegitimate reviews are not an uncommon thing.  However, you can usually spot them pretty quickly.

Once you find vendors that are interesting to you, you can jump directly to their website or use a contact feature through WeddingWire to schedule an appointment or meeting. We love WeddingWire and we know you will, too!

Again, congratulations on your recent engagement. We wish you and your new fiance the absolute best in your wedding planning and beyond and our hope is that this series has given you the tools you need to plan the event of your dreams. When the excitement has settled a bit and you’re ready to begin searching for your wedding dress, we’d love to have you visit us at Brilliant Bridal!  We are confident we will pass your vetting process.  :)