How to Find Awesome Wedding Vendors

It can be frustrating trying to find excellent wedding vendors. There are so many wedding vendors out there and most of them claim the same thing:
– “We provide a personalized service”
– “We’ve worked with 100s of couples”
– “We’re wedding professionals!!!”
etc. etc.

To find the best of the best, you can always ask for recommendations from friends that have recently been married. I think that this will likely lead you to great vendors however this isn’t foolproof though because:
1. Sometimes the style of a good vendor doesn’t match with the style that your looking for.
2. Companies have many employees and sometimes there is a varying degree of excellentness in the company.

To put this in perspective, one of my good friends hired a DJ based on a friend’s recommendation (I was a groomsman so he didn’t want me to have to DJ). The DJ was not the same guy who had played at his friend’s wedding and did not play most of the requests that my friend had made before the wedding and didn’t have the mother son song that he had asked for. Needless to say, my friend was pretty disappointed.

With that said, I think the most foolproof way to figure out if a vendor is great is to check out their online reviews. Here are the two best sites to find wedding vendor reviews:

Wedding Wire (this has become the standard for wedding vendor reviews)
Google Maps

Now keep in mind that one bad review doesn’t mean that the vendor is bad but, 10 excellent reviews means that the vendor will definitely try to make your wedding awesome.

Once you find some vendors with excellent ratings, check out their websites to make sure that they match your style.