I don’t know about you, but I get so many calls and emails from various vendor categories wanting to work with me and get on my vendor referral list. There are so many nice vendors, and I would love to help anyone that calls. But the fact is, just because a vendor is nice, and shows beautiful images, doesn’t mean they share my same high standards. A vendor cannot get on my radar or list until I have the pleasure of working with then on an event. My best recommendation for getting on my vendor referral list is
1. Refer a client to me. There is no better way to get started on the road of being one of my preferred referrals, than to bring me a client so we can work together. I only refer vendors who I have worked with and can guarantee their professionalism at an event and throughout the planning process. So a great way for me to experience their work ethic and standards is to work with them on a job. This applies to any vendor.
2. Volunteer your service to a job I am already planning. This would apply mainly to photographers and means a photographer would work 4-5 hours at a wedding to capture detail shots and the team at work. The purpose is to experience how they interact with the team and the beauty of their finished product.
I hope these two suggestions help you when considering who to add on to your preferred vendor list and encourage vendors to do something first rather than just ask for something.