Finding Your Perfect Match
We are all familiar with the adage "The customer is always right." In my opinion, it should continue on to say "...when the chosen service provider is an ideal match." When hiring wedding vendors (florists, officiates, photographers, etc.) keep in mind that they are interviewing you as much as you, the client, are interviewing them. The client has somewhat of an advantage, in this case, as they usually have the opportunity to feel, taste, and preview what a perspective vendor has to offer in advance. However, the vendor has no idea what to expect when they take on a client.
How do you go about finding your ideal match? Begin with rapport building. If you want A+ vendors, become an A+ client! We all know how it feels to be disappointed in a person or product, therefore it is important to exhibit the qualities you want to see reflected back. Vendors usually aim to please their clients, but keep in mind satisfaction is a two way street. Understand that the popular service provider may or may not mesh well with you or your vision. The goal should be to enjoy the experience with your vendors as much as you love their product.
Only hire someone who you connect with; who you are absolutely excited to work with. Be prepared to pay their fees, adhere to their policies, and ready to let them do the job you have hired them to do. Know where to take risks, and when to go with the "tried and true." Finally, for clients and vendors alike, this process should be FUN. Be patient and you will find your perfect match!
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