Hey everyone I hope you have been having a spectacular New Year's thus far! I am still juggling work, planning my wedding and studying. Let me just start off and say if I could have foreshadowed everything that has transpired and will transpire in the future. I would have had my wedding in the UK or planned a destination wedding in the Caribbean or Europe. Or just been an overall better planner by doing more research and not trusting people so much.
Another thing I have come across a lot as well are mediocre wedding vendors. No one is going to be a Bill Gates over night; however, people need to know when they are just starting out and their work is not good, great or fantastic yet. Their are some vendors that just started off and their work is average but they are still charging what professionals in that field would charge. I asked on of my friends why this up and coming vendor was charging so much when their work was just mediocre Her reply: They were featured on Bella Naija. I rolled my eyes at the hype and stupidity of some couples that hire this vendor but I can't blame them, they believed the hype.
The problem here is the mentality that if you spend a lot of money then you are getting the best service. After viewing examples of this Bella Naija featured Vendor, I told myself I need to look online for a Vendor in this arena and not seek out Nigerian referrals or look for a Nigerian that is not big headed now because of famzing. Granted I love my people but anyone that knows me knows I like the best. But you don't always have to pay high dollars for the best, this also pertains to fashion, you don't have to spend a million dollars to look like a million dollars.
When it came down to choosing a photographer I was only looking at Tunji Sarumi or Wale Ariztos NO ONE ELSE. Wale is a friend of mine and did a photoshoot for me long time ago when he was on the come up (I still owe him big time for that) so he is definitely a great and humble guy. My fiance was mentioning one of his friends and I was like, "naw baby, these two are phenomenal trust me," When he saw their work he didn't argue because their work speaks volume. To me they are creative with their shots, professional, friendly and responsive when you ask questions and I don't get a sense of arrogance from either of them. As a Photography Minor at Howard University, I knew exactly what I was looking for and I found this in these two photographers. I also believe very firmly in professionalism, the art of diplomacy, and service when someone is conducting a business. One can say no but it's how you say it and how you present yourself. I am learning more and more with my business that the customer is always right and you may want to run your business a certain way but if you are not catering to your clientele you will not succeed.
Note: Click on the names of the photographers to visit their websites.
In short, there are certain things in a wedding that have to be done correctly. Decorations, the food, the music, the photography and the video. I was trying to cut cost with the above then I realized I do not want to regret being cheap on my wedding day then having horrific memories in the future. Thus, I am trying to juggle around my budget to make sure these items are done correctly. Nonetheless, I won't be subjected to famzing and I am trying to not use friends. I do have some friends helping me but these are people who I know won't flake on me, or I will flug them (joke). So I have five months to do a lot of last minute planning do to flakers and etc... but I know God is on my side and everything will work out for the best. Now to find a good professional decorator that is willing to go with my budget....this shall be interesting!