Venue recommended suppliers

The vast majority of wedding venues recommend suppliers with the very best of intentions. I think it’s a great way of finding reliable and high quality suppliers for your wedding, from florists to stationers, toastmasters and bands.

But – always ask your venue how they choose which suppliers to recommend.

Why?

A great wedding venue will have experienced and devoted staff. They’ll have a network of contacts in the local wedding market, florists who’ve come to decorate the venue and photographers who they’ve built up a genuine relationship with. It’s a brilliant way to find suppliers who you can trust and who are well known in your area.

A few wedding venues compile a list of recommended suppliers which they may hand out in a brochure when you book the venue for your wedding. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I’d advise you to ask your venue’s co-ordinator if the suppliers have paid to be in there.

I’ve had calls from a couple of venues local to me, they’ve seen my website and thought it was nice (blah, blah), they’re putting together a list of recommended suppliers and would I like to be in it – for £200. The one I remember was Shrigley Hall – I don’t know if they still do it. I said no: it doesn’t feel right that these recommendations are paid for. (Feel free to use the comment form below if you disagree, I’d be interested to hear what you think about this.)

One Response to Venue recommended suppliers

  1. Nathan @ Artemis Stationery says:

    That’s a good point and some can go to four figures. There’s a company now to which offers to do a free brochure for wedding venues. The people who pay for it are the suppliers for ‘advertising’ in there.

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