Your wedding vendors can make or break your wedding. When your venue has a required or preferred list of vendors, it is usually to protect their couples from bad experiences. Most venues would rather couples use vendors they are familiar with, have had good experiences with, are reliable and good at what they do. A bonus is they are affordable too.
There are so many wedding vendors that are doing there service as a hobby. A really good clue is that they do not have liability insurance and some will refuse to get liability insurance. A vendor that is serious about their service and treat it like a real business will have no problem with providing insurance but that alone does not make them a good vendor. Venue owners and managers have seen it all if they have been around for any length of time. I know I have seen a lot of good and bad and try to keep track of the bad to put them on our black list and keep track of the really great ones to consider adding to our preferred list.
We have found that there are two vendors that are notorious for delaying weddings. One is a make-up artist. They either don't bring enough help to get the job done on time or they are just slow. We recommend only a few that have never held up a wedding and do incredible work. The other vendor that will hold up a wedding is a DJ for multiple reasons. We have had DJ's show up late or not show up at all, have bad equipment, forget equipment, need batteries, need cords and even show up drunk. We have had so many issues with DJ's, that in order to protect our couples, we have made the decision to go with an exclusive DJ.
The Barn at Lacey Farms has 3 exclusive vendors that we require. One, Stephanie Gavin, our Wedding Coordinator is included in every package we offer. Franny's Bartending Service is our exclusive bartending service and now DJ Dan Holt is our exclusive DJ. By doing this our couples are going to get really great and reliable vendors at very affordable prices.
Believe me we did not start out with these required vendors, but quickly learned from experience with a bartender that took payment and then ghosted our couples, we decided to bring our couples the best and most reliable bartending service as exclusive. We had so many problems, even disasters when couples chose not to have a coordinator, that we decided to include the coordinator in our packages. With all the DJ problems, we decided to work a deal with our best DJ, with the best equipment and most reliable, to get our couple a really great deal.
We still have a great list of preferred vendors and although we do not require our couples to choose from this list, we highly suggest they do for the very best experience. We do not take a penny from any of exclusive or preferred vendors. We only do this to help limit the issues our couples could encounter on their wedding day.
Choose wisely and go with your venue suggestions.