In this post, we will be featuring the Crave Expo that we went to earlier this month.
Are you having trouble finding vendors for your special day? Want a one stop shop at finding most everything you need? Want to try some delicious food? Expos are a great way to do just that. Some expos are free while others do cost. We had the pleasure this past weekend to attend the Crave Expo in Anaheim. Thank you Crave for inviting us to your event! We got to meet wonderful caterers, bakeries, dessert vendors, florists, and much more! It was a lot of fun to connect with everyone and learn what they had to offer. We were even lucky enough to try different cuisines and fill our tummy with delicious food!
So why is it important to meet vendors? Let us tell you!!
I always find it very important to meet vendors first hand. Not only do you get a taste of what they have to offer, but you also get to see if you connect with them. Having a connection upon meeting is very important to us as I am sure it is for you guys. One of the things we offer as wedding planners is a free consultation so that we can meet with potential clients and see if the chemistry is there. It needs to work both ways. It’s not about the money or about what services we have to offer. Most vendors charge roughly around the same price and services are typically the same. What you want to make sure is that you connect with them. If you find it easy to talk with them, then I say that’s a great start at choosing the perfect vendor for you.
Typically when vendors take part in an expo, they come baring discounts. And if you’re not sure if they are offering deals, it doesn’t hurt to ask. You never know, they might just offer you one on the spot because you just asked. Don’t be afraid to try to save a little bit of that money for your honeymoon!
Florists and designers partner with expos to showcase their talent. They definitely know whats trending and will design either a table scape or a centerpiece to show what they have to offer and it allows you to see what is on trend today. Photobooths also have their own trends. I remember at one point, people were hiring video booths instead of photo booths. You just never know! So it’s always a good idea to check out a couple of these expos so that you can get an idea of what you want for your own wedding. Pinterest may be able to help you with that department but nothing beats seeing inspiration in person.
Above all else, if not for inspiration or searching for the right vendors, enjoy the freebies they have to offer! Most bridal shows will offer free tastings. At the Crave Expo, April Love Makeup Academy offered free makeovers. We got to try small bites, meals, and dessert. They even had a bar! You just never know what you will find at a bridal show. Every show is different. But we can assure you that you will definitely leave with more knowledge than you came in with. So give it a try! Find a show near you!
It is important to prepare for a meeting with vendors. Meeting with vendors can be nerve-racking. What if they charge you more than what they are worth? What if they seem good from your first impression but they turn out to be your worst nightmare?! With these simple steps, you’ll be ready for you meeting in no time.
Go online and read their reviews; if they have any. Check out their website and blog. Most vendors have websites so they can show potential clients their work or what they have to offer. Ask people within your circle if they have ever worked with these vendors before. It’s always good to have knowledge of potential vendors so you don’t meet them blind.
2// Prepare Questions to ask your potential vendors
There are various amounts of questions you can ask depending on what vendor you are meeting for.
Some common questions are:
“Do you offer packages?”
- Vendors can charge you in a couple of different ways. Packages are the best choice because they offer a wide range of services for a consolidated price. If you end up hiring a vendor hourly or per service, you risk a very high bill in the end. Packages can give you piece of mind that you won’t be overcharged by your vendor.
“How long have you been in business for?”
- This question can be iffy because vendors who have only been in business for a short period of time can be great and vendors who have years of experience may not be as good. This question should be asked with an open mind.
“Do you have a portfolio?”
- Portfolios are good to have visually because this is how you know if the vendor has the same taste as you.
3// Know Your Budget
It is good to know your budget when heading into a meeting. That way you don’t end up spending past your budget. Prioritize your vendors and think about which vendors are the most important to the least important. This way you get rid of services on things that you know you can live without or just cut back on it.
4// Know Your Style
Research and figure out the theme and style of your wedding. Going blinded makes it hard for a vendor to figure out what it is you want from them and you may end up hiring a vendor who can’t produce the image you will have for your wedding. Knowing this makes it easier for you to tell vendors exactly what you want and you will get exactly that when you go in prepared. This also helps to eliminate the vendors that don’t fit with your style.
5// Shop Around
Don’t just visit one vendor for each service. Visit multiple vendors so you can find the best fit vendor for your wedding. Don’t be afraid to turn down vendors. If you don’t like them, don’t hire them. It will be the last time you’ll ever see them anyways!
Do you want to be stressing on the day of your wedding? Do you want to deal with collecting all the RSVP’s from your guests and calculating how many people will be attending your big day? Do you want to be constantly bothered by vendors and guests with questions on the day of your wedding rather than enjoying it fully? If you answered NO to any of these, this is why you need a wedding planner.
Wedding planners are there to help you with all the details of your wedding. They are there to help you find the perfect venue and vendors. Unless you know where you’ve always wanted to get married, you wouldn’t want to waste your planning time looking for a venue. Planners help you narrow down your decisions so that it will be easier to decide on what fits you best. From your first consultation, a planner tries to figure out your personality and your style so they can easily help you plan the wedding to your perfection.
But you want to plan your own wedding anyways? Some brides want to have the chance of being a part of the planning process or a wedding planner may not be in the budget. She want to be able to make all the decisions on her own without having to consult with a professional. Wedding coordinators are perfect for these kinds of brides. The bride meets the coordinator a couple of weeks before to talk about the details of the wedding and what it is they will need help with. Coordinators are perfect for the day of the wedding because it allows the bride and groom to be stress-free and enjoy their day. Brides who don’t have coordinators tend to stress out when vendors and guests start coming to them asking them questions about the wedding. Coordinators will be your go to person when anyone has a question. That way the happy couple stays happy throughout the day and into the night.
I recommend couples to hire a wedding planner because when you work with a professional throughout the whole process, the planner will understand your needs and they’ll feel like your friends rather than another vendor. But if a planner isn’t in your budget or you’ve always wanted to play a part in every aspect of your wedding, then a coordinator would be something you should invest in. At least have a professional run your wedding to ensure it goes smoothly and worry-free!
Photo credits: Traveling Tree Photography
Beautiful greenery and florals can help to enhance your venue. They can also turn a mediocre place into an recognizably magnificent place. I love flowers and how they just brighten up a room with their presence. My most recent obsession is big bloomed flowers. Instead of bouquets and centerpieces that are put together with just small flowers, try arranging big bloomed florals with smaller accent flowers to put everything together. You don’t even need to pick one kind of big bloomed flower. Pick a couple that go with your wedding colors. Dahlias, Zinnias, and Marigolds are in season during the Fall and they’ll look great together. You know what they say, “Go big or go home.”
When I say this, I mean utilize what Autumn has inspired. Be one with nature! Incorporate the season’s natural beauty into your wedding.
Fall is an increasingly popular time to have a wedding. It is not too hot or cold. Consider using twigs, apples, leaves, and cranberries into your decorations. You can incorporate these things into your bouquet and centerpieces as well.
Finding items within nature or edibles that are in season during the fall, will definitely help you save money. Fall is so beautiful inside and out. From the beautiful colors that the falling leaves bring to the ground to the vibrant flowers and fruits that grow during this magnificent season, I just can’t get enough of this season! Now if only the heatwave can leave California so that we can actually enjoy what Fall has to offer. =)
For the month of October, I wanted to do a Fall Wedding Series. What better way to start this series off than with Fall Colors!!
Choosing the colors for your wedding can definitely be challenging. If you’re like me, you’ll be changing your colors as quickly as the seasons come and go. Fall is finally at our doorsteps and I just love the rich colors that are inspired by this season. I just love seeing the leaves change from green to hues of orange. Now if only Los Angeles had leaves changing colors everywhere. Here are some of my favorite colors for the Fall that would make great wedding color themes!
Weddings can get pretty expensive. If you’re trying to save some money, consider having your wedding during the off season months. During that time, businesses are hungry for clients and you can definitely negotiate to lower your prices and save for that honeymoon you always dreamed of. If you are inviting out of town guests, they’ll be saving money too. Hotels and airfare are also cheapest during the off season time. You’re guests will have happy wallets too!
The off season months vary from region to region. But I have been noticing that in Los Angeles, the off season months are from November to March of the next year. April to October are the busy months. If you do choose to go with the months between November and March, make sure that you plan your venue accordingly. You wouldn’t want an outdoor wedding during the cold winter days. Think rationally. Something’s gotta give if you want to save some money. Also, keep in mind that holidays will most likely be peak season pricing. So make sure to avoid those dates as well. Happy Planning!