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Go Team! When shopping for wedding vendors be sure to hire people whose work complements your style and whose personalities click with yours. The best place to find a vendor is through personal recommendations, so ask recentlymarried friends who they hired and if they liked working with them. If you're planning on hiring a wedding planner book them first because he or she will have an encyclopedic knowledge of the talented vendors who will suit both your style and budget. Vendor directories, whether online or printed, can help you narrow down your vendors-to-see list, but be aware that some lists are pay-to-play so take those reviews with a grain of salt. (Non-paid directories you can trust include, New York magazine's Weddings Listings, Martha Stewart Weddings' top guides and of course the Twirl List.) View portfolios online, including Instagram, to get an idea of a company's style.

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Before setting up appointments call ahead or review a company's website to learn what their starting price or price range is. Draft a list of questions for each vendor. Ask them about their aesthetic, how they work with clients and, of course, pricing. If mom and dad are helping to cover wedding costs, ask them if they'd like to attend a vendor meeting. It would be nice if you could include them in the ones that are most important to them.

For food related meetings, find out how many people you can bring with you. If it's an initial meeting, the caterer or baker may not plan a full-scale tasting, but when they do, you may not be able to bring more than a few key people with you. Read each contract carefully and flag anything that concerns you. And note the payment schedule. Deposits may be anywhere from 10-50% of the final bill. 10

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Don't be afraid to ask for references so you can hear from recent clients how their experiences were.

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