Choosing the right vendor for your wedding

Madie Mullinnix

From the regal venues to the beautiful clothing choices, the air never fails to sparkle with a sense of excitement and divinity at a wedding. One of the best things about this milestone event is that the couple can make their special day whatever they want it to be.

Many different types of weddings exist. Similarly, there are many different types of vendors, and the vendors people may choose to represent them and their style of love can be what makes a wedding a uniquely beautiful event.

While it’s important to make careful decisions about all the vendors that will be in attendance on a couple’s dream day, Jamie Beyer, adviser in event management and professor of Iowa State’s wedding planning course, brought attention to the significance of venues.

Beyer said there are four main elements in choosing the right venue: the couple’s budget, how big they want the venue, the venue’s versatility to work with the couple and their willingness to work with outside vendors to make the couple’s dream wedding come to fruition.

Beyer stressed the importance of having a written contract to make sure there aren’t any chances of a venue falling out.

After the venue has been taken care of, the couple can begin choosing additional vendors. Finding vendors has become increasingly accessible with technology being available to help scout out the best of the best. Sites such as and are built to serve as marketplaces for couples on the lookout for vendors offering extra services such as budgeting, planning and song ideas.

Another method to find vendors is to attend a local bridal event. These events are handy because couples get to meet vendors and local professionals face to face, ask any questions and make a first connection.

With so many options for vendors, it can be difficult not getting overwhelmed by the wide array of choices. Katie Gieseke, wedding coordinator and event management office manager at the Memorial Union, said the number of vendors is up to the wedding party.

If couples want the main elements of a wedding, those would include the dresses, tuxedos, catering and venues. Many couples choose to have extra vendors for flower arrangements, DJs and photographers.

Gieseke also recommends seeing what the venue could bring to the table, as some like to supply extras like décor or catering.

Both Beyer and Gieseke said going with a gut feeling is almost always the right choice when choosing a vendor. Choose a vendor that listens, keeps in contact, is reliable and goes the extra mile to help with the big day. This will eliminate much of the hectic wedding craze. Checking reviews on different sites and keeping options open will reassure that the couple is getting the best choice around with the least amount of anxiety.