If you’ve been reading through countless PDFs of local wedding venues wondering what these ‘preferred vendors’ they keep referring to is, worry no more – we’re here to help!
Some venues have a list of preferred vendors for wedding catering, although some wedding venues may have a list for other wedding professionals as well, such as photographers, videographers, DJs or bands, florists, etc. In some venues, the preferred vendors list will be the only business that particular venue allows to cater events there; other times they will allow others as long as they meet their requirements (for staffing or transport, many things the couple or wedding planners aren’t concerned as much with – as it’s the vendor’s job to take care of that).
The good side to preferred vendors:
- You know they’re good and reliable, as they’ve been vetted by the venue
- They may have special pricing for certain venues that have them as preferred vendors
The bad side to preferred vendors:
- If that is all a venue allows, you’re going to have to go with them, if you want that particular venue
- May not be able or willing to break out costs from packages
All-in-all preferred vendors shouldn’t cause too much of a hitch in your wedding planning and you should be able to work with or around them and still keep your wedding and what you and your significant other want top of mind.