5 Tips on Choosing Your Wedding Suppliers

News has been going around online about the unfortunate experience a bride recently had with one of her wedding suppliers–her wedding gown designer, in this case.  You may read her full account of the incident here.

Note that incidents like these can happen to anyone, even celebrities.  Which means, while we all do the best we can with online research, or combing through forums, and stopping by wedding fairs, a great deal of judiciousness must be exercised when choosing the right wedding suppliers for your big day.

Here are 5 tips on choosing your wedding suppliers for your Tagaytay wedding.

1.  Deal with professionals.

Would you really entrust the biggest day of your life to amateurs, hobbyists, and people who freelance on weekends?  There are already a lot of professional wedding suppliers available, each one with the experience and expertise necessary to pull off a good job.

Red Adair

And yes, you should be able to tell if your suppliers are professional.  Professional wedding suppliers know the value of your business. They know what their role is in the grand scheme of things, they are sensitive to your needs, and have the confidence (as well as the accomplishments) to back up their claims.

And so it’s simple– if you don’t feel a supplier is professional enough, or if you feel ill-at-ease dealing with a particular wedding supplier, go right ahead and get somebody else.

2.  Be realistic with your wedding budget.

Speaking of wedding suppliers, understand that you have all kinds.  One one hand you have the more budget-friendly suppliers, and then you have your suppliers catering to the mid-range market, and then you have your top-tier suppliers that your upscale soon-to-weds go for.

So if you know you have a tight budget, don’t expect something you’d see at a royal wedding.

Good Fast Cheap

You can have something that’s high-quality right away, but it’s not going to be cheap.  You can have something budget-friendly right away, but it’s not going to be high-quality.  And you can have something cheap and high-quality, but don’t expect to get it quickly.

3.  Your best bet: referrals from family and friends

If you’ve been to a wedding of a family member or a friend, and if you like what you’ve seen or experienced at the event, then ask for tips from them (after the big day, of course).  You’ll be able to get the skinny on how their wedding suppliers– who was a joy to work with, which ones were alright, or which ones didn’t quite work out.

Colin & Carmela's Cyclist-Themed Cupcake Tower at Antonio's Tagaytay, by Sofia's Cakes Tagaytay-Amadeo Road.

Word-of-mouth from actual clients is still the best way to sift through all the clutter you’ve been getting online, at wedding fairs and from bridal magazines– all of which have the sole purpose of selling you stuff.  Real feedback from real people who’ve experienced a product or service first-hand from a particular wedding supplier is really the way to go.

4.  Seal your deals with a contract 

Contracts or service agreement forms are for your protection, and your wedding supplier’s. Formal and written agreements like these ensure that you get the level of service you’re paying for, documents all the details of your chosen service package, and has a list of deliverables both parties commit to.

The better wedding suppliers know the value of an adequately-detailed, well-documented contract or agreement form.  Verbal agreements, or even agreements via SMS are simply not enough, and definitely aren’t as binding.

So if your wedding supplier doesn’t have one ready for you, you might want to consider getting somebody else who’d take your business a lot more seriously.

5.  Go local

If and when you can, pick out the best local wedding suppliers.  It’s cost-effective, it saves on out-of-town charges, you benefit from their knowledge and familiarity of the neighborhood, and there’s a lot less guesswork to deal with as far as logistics and planning goes.

Custom wedding cakes by Sofia's Cakes Tagaytay-Amadeo Road | www.sofiascakes.com

And as far as Tagaytay wedding suppliers go, get in touch with us here at Sofia’s Cakes Tagaytay-Amadeo Road.  We’ll hook you up with some of the best wedding suppliers in and around Metro Tagaytay you might be needing for your big day.

Get in touch with our dedicated team of cake designers, event stylists and wedding planners via these numbers:

+63 999 888.7700 (SMART)
+63 917 847.1404 (GLOBE)
or +63 917 813.4264 (GLOBE)

+63 46 512.7957 (GLOBE)
or +63 46 483.1483 (PLDT)

Or you can email us by clicking here, or by visiting our “Contact Us” page here.

You may also come visit us at our shop in Amadeo, Cavite, just outside Tagaytay City. You may download a copy of a map and instructions here.

Photo Credits

  • Red Adair’s quote courtesy of The Warwick Tweetup.
  • “Good, Fast and Cheap” graphic courtesy of Your HR Director.
  • Photos of Carmela and Colin’s cupcake tower from Carmela and Colin.
  • Photo of 3-tier buttercream wedding cake taken at Lily Pond/Moon Garden Tagaytay courtesy of Mike+Mai Photography.
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Renzie is a Destination Wedding Consultant with 20 years of event management and marketing experience. A former FM radio executive, Renzie calls Metro Tagaytay home, networking with local wedding suppliers and running a number of small businesses. In his spare time, Renzie reads about organic farming, the works of Robert Greene, as well as content marketing, web development, and DC graphic novels.

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