While it’s not required to hire any particular vendors (hair & makeup artist, florist, etc.) for your day, partnering with a few high-quality, amazing vendors who are on board with helping you create your dream elopement can absolutely elevate your experience and showcase your unique style.
Hiring vendors isn’t necessarily about turning your day into a big production but about getting some help so you don’t have to do everything yourself. High quality vendors means you can relax, knowing some of the big day-of “to do’s” are in the hands of a professional, and you can just sit back and enjoy the experience.
The most common vendors that couples hire for elopements & intimate weddings are florists, hair & makeup artists, officiants, chefs & caterers, and videographers. If you have an idea and aren’t sure who to hire to help, just ask.
—Before you hire any vendor, read lots of reviews to make sure they not only have the professional skills required but also fit with the vibe and experience you’re looking for.
—If a vendor is going to be physically present on your day, see if you can talk to them on the phone or a video call to get a feel for their personality and make sure you enjoy being around them.
—Read contracts carefully and make sure everything you’ve agreed upon is in writing.
If you’re not sure where to start when it comes to looking for vendors, don’t worry, there are plenty of resources to search through, like:
Remember, I have a lot of suggestions for talented vendors based in or around the locations I shoot in frequently—I’d be more than happy to share them all with you! Just ask me!