Wedding Planning Tips for choosing online wedding vendors
First, it's important to understand the two basic kinds of online wedding vendors with whom you may choose to do business with.
Possible benefits of this type of wedding vendor: This is a wonderful opportunity for you, as you may familiarize yourself with the wedding vendor's offerings via their website and then choose to drop by their store to have a look around and complete your purchase in person.
This is a very flexible consumer environment for you, as there can be multiple sources of contact and convenient ways to browse! You can also get a personal feel for the type and level of service you may expect from the wedding vendor and their staff.
And though the storefront exists, it may not be within reasonable driving distance for you to visit in person and explore.
+Possible benefits of this type of wedding vendor: You'll often find a reasonable value for your dollar here, as in many cases, online wedding vendors tend to have lower overhead.
even if it's the middle of the night!
- Possible drawbacks to this type of wedding vendor: In general, you will never actually meet the wedding vendor with whom you are entrusting a certain aspect of your wedding to.
Do what feels right for you, as this issue may be dependant upon what item or area of your wedding you are shopping for.
What general impression do you get from the products or services offered? What about the tone, variety and general appearance of the website? As with offline wedding vendors, first impressions speak volumes online.
When dealing with products specifically, many websites display close-up versions of product pictures, which accurately showcase items from several different angles or viewing points.
In regards to products, ensure that you are aware of shipping cost variations for items exceeding a certain weight, or oppositely, any shipping discount awarded for purchases in large quantities, such as wedding favors.
Methods of contact: Wedding vendors want to communicate with you! Quality wedding professionals look forward to meeting your needs and usually provide several means of communication.
Some wedding websites even provide a "Live Help" button with which you can carry out a real-time conversation with a staff member.
Often, common questions are outlined and explained for immediate answers.
Was their response to your inquiry prompt? Enthusiastic? Informative? Look for a willingness from the wedding vendor to answer your questions, provide details and offer you suggestions.
Experience: Wedding vendors want to prove that they are trustworthy and reliable! Check out the wedding vendor's "Testimonials" or "Reviews" web page.
If available, check out their "Press" section to see what media coverage they have experienced and for what reasons.
Take it a step further and type the appropriate business name or web address into your search engine of choice to spend at least a few minutes paging through the search results on a particular wedding vendor before buying.
Even more helpful: you may come across forums or other valuable feedback from brides and grooms who have personally dealt with the wedding vendor.
For example, a wedding stationery store may offer to mail a sample invitation kit mailed right to your door so you can see the quality of the cardstock and design in person.
For example, a guest list software company may offer a trial version or time period for you to check out their system and see how easy it is to use.
If no sample or trial options are available, see what money-back guarantees or refund policies are in place.
Some process credit cards directly on their website, or through a third party website.
Please be advised that this could delay processing and shipping until payment is received by the company.
Keep these general guidelines in mind while shopping online for your wedding, and you'll be ready to make smart, conscientious decisions.