Your suppliers will make your wedding the fabulous day that it should be. So, you need to take your time to source and select the right professionals for the job.
Here in the UK, we have a bustling wedding scene full of amazingly talented suppliers, a fact that can make picking the perfect wedding suppliers rather difficult. Starting your search a little closer to home is the key. Read on to find out why going local is always best!
Word of mouth is the best kind of recommendation
Think about it, if someone has taken the time to recommend a local wedding supplier in person, they have to be pretty special. Particularly in this day and age, when people are generally much harder to impress!
Use word of mouth recommendations to point you in the right direction before completing more detailed research to confirm your choice. The World Wide Web will be your best friend during wedding planning so use all the resources available to you to double-check that the local suppliers on your shortlist are worth their salt.
Here Bride offers a few words of advice on making your research count:
“Once you have found potential suppliers, check their websites and social media accounts. See what they are up to professionally, and check any reviews to see how they have handled any negative issues. Ensure that photographs on their websites are genuine and that they are showcasing their actual work… All reputable suppliers should be able to supply references from past clients. Do follow up references where possible and read the testimonials on their websites.”
They know the area like the back of their hand
With many companies, the extent of their local knowledge can often mean the difference between success and failure. This is certainly true of wedding suppliers.
By choosing a wedding supplier that’s local to your venue, you’ll be able to tap into this know-how, even if you don’t live in the area.
A local catering company for instance will be best placed to source and use local produce. Whilst a locally based wedding photographer is more likely to be familiar with your wedding venue. This could even mean better wedding photos for you as they’ll know how to work the venue to their advantage to achieve just what you want.
Independents take the time to get to know you
Creative touches matter when ensuring a wedding day that reflects you as a couple. Independent, local wedding suppliers are more likely to take the time and make the effort to get to know you so they tick all the right boxes on your big day.
By developing a rapport with your local supplier, you can be sure that your wedding will be the personal, fabulous affair that it should be.
Local suppliers tend to be more cost-effective
When compared with wedding suppliers that operate nationally, locally run businesses tend to be much more affordable, which will work wonders for that wedding budget!
Local wedding suppliers tend to have fewer overheads than larger businesses, and this saving is generally passed onto the client. Local freelancers and self-employed professionals are other great choices for couples looking to shop closer to home and enjoy a great quality, highly personable service.
It’s never been so important to shop local
The Covid-19 pandemic has affected our lives in many different ways, both personally and professionally. The wedding industry in particular has fallen on hard times as lockdown restrictions saw the postponement of many ceremonies and receptions.
Whilst restrictions are continually easing and things are heading in the right direction, recovery won’t happen overnight. By choosing local wedding suppliers, you’ll be doing your bit to support your local community. You’ll be boosting local economies, creating local jobs and pushing communities towards their pre-pandemic best to get things back to where they should be.
At Bourton Hall, we work with a handpicked selection of trusted, local wedding suppliers. Explore the suppliers that could help you create the wedding you’ve always dreamed of right here.