People are always asking me how I find my the wedding deals that I feature on this site. Really, it’s no mystery. Mostly I just make an effort to search as much as I can. I keep a notebook with me at all times in case I pass a little shop or sign that looks promising. I also ask around as much as I can to find those companies who spread through word of mouth. (if you know of a good one please email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org!)
There are a few great places I have used to find some good vendors and I’d love to share those with you to hopefully help you find just what you’re looking for.
The most important part of searching for an affordable wedding vendor is to remember that if they aren’t charging much for their services, they probably don’t have much money to advertise. Billboards, magazine advertisements and store fronts on large roads or in a mall are all easy to find- but cost a lot of money for the vendor. (and therefore, usually for you as well!) Companies without a lot of advertising money can get their names out there in some of the following ways-
-Ksl.com classifieds and Craigslist. I know it sounds funny to plan your wedding off of a site that’s primarily for selling used goods- but there’s an event/wedding service section on each of these that is just full of great wedding deals.
-google, yahoo, and msn ads. You know those annoying things that are on the side of your screen all the time? These are honestly where I find most of the best deals. They cost only a few cents to put up so lots of low cost vendors can advertise on them. They come up according to the content of the site you’re on, so if you’re on a site about weddings most of the ads should be wedding based. A lot of them even have a scroll button so if you don’t see any ads for the things you’re searching for you can keep scrolling through to find something better.
-Facebook- Facebook allows businesses to create free business pages and promote their sites through cheap advertising! It’s a great place to search.
-Wanted/Ad boards- most grocery stores and a lot of wedding stores have a board near their entrance where vendors can hang up fliers for free. They’re definitely worth taking a minute to read through.
-Word of mouth- everyone loves to brag about a great deal they’ve found. Ask around! You’re bound to find someone who knows someone.