Wedding Planning 101

6 Tips for Working with Non-Professional Vendors

  1. Amy

    February 12th, 2014 at 9:42 am

    These are great tips! It’s nice to work with family and friends who know and love the couple but can also be a little dangerous. We all prefer to work with pros but Aunt Sally and Uncle Bob can help keep us on our toes! It’s all about perspective! 🙂 Again, great tips for these situations!


  2. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    February 12th, 2014 at 10:02 am

    So true Amy! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Amanda - Amanda Douglas Events

    February 24th, 2014 at 10:22 am

    I find education is often the biggest one! They don’t really know what working with a planner looks like, or how a wedding is run (or haven’t learned yet rather). Whether they are professional or not, each planner does things differently so you’re almost always going to have to “educate” and communicate how you do things and what you expect. Of course always with a smile and understanding. After all, we all want the day to come together for the couple!

  4. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    February 24th, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Very true Amanda. Education is the key. Thank you for sharing your experience!

  5. John Parkeer

    January 28th, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Sadly, there’s a whole other category that’s arguably worse; “Semi-Professional”.

    Lower barriers to entry into many wedding-related professions – along with brides, grooms & their families eager to save money – have people who know very little about weddings working at many a ceremony & reception.

    And unlike the “nonprofessionals” discussed in this post, the people who hire “semi-pros” typically don’t realize it’s the case until it’s far too late.

    At least when you know the vendor is an amateur going in to the wedding, everyone can plan accordingly.

  6. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    January 29th, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Thanks for your input John!

  7. Erica

    April 21st, 2016 at 7:42 am

    I feel they shouldn’t be treated any differently. Use the opportunity to help educate this new-to-the-industry professional. Everyone has to start someplace!

  8. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    April 21st, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Thanks for sharing your perspective Erica!

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