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How to Get on Preferred Vendor Lists

  1. Malika

    January 25th, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    Hello – I have a unique situation. I have a great relationship with a wonderful local vendor! They want to send their brides to me for coordination and planning because that is not what they specialize in. But because they do event design they always get stuck doing the little details on day of and want to pass that to me! Is there a more legit way to set up this agreement in terms of sending the referrals to me ? Should there be a contract? Help!! This would be a great opportunity if I can figure this one out!


  2. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    January 26th, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Malika, it depends on if you are working under their company or your company name. Also, are they paying you or is the client paying you? It would be a good idea to consult with an attorney to get advice on how to handle this.

  3. Kimberly Istvan

    November 21st, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    I work for a full service printing company. We create custom wedding invitations, reply cards, envelopes, signs, banners, place setting cards, branded clothing, you name it. How do I add my business to a list of preferred vendors? I would love to help brides and grooms.

  4. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    November 29th, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    Kimberly, you would reach out to vendors including planners to show what you offer. It also helps immensely to attend local wedding industry events in your area so you can start to build relationships with vendors who can refer you.

  5. Olivia

    August 21st, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Hi Debbie,
    Would you recommend offering a complementary service, if you are starting and dont have a long list of past experience?

  6. Planner's Lounge - Debbie

    August 23rd, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Thanks for commenting Olivia. Many planners start out by doing a few weddings for free or low cost to get experience.

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