When we published a sponsored post for the Bay Area’s best wedding dress store last week, lots of you clamored for more local resources to help find sane, helpful, affordable wedding vendors in your own area. And we get it. The trouble with wedding planning is that it seems like there are only ever two options to finding good people to work with: scour the internet and hope that the sane, helpful, affordable wedding vendors are smart enough with SEO to put location identifiers in their website, blog posts, etc. Or use referrals, and hope that the florist that your second cousin recommended is going to understand your vision, because, well, your cousin has slightly different taste than you do. And while APW may house a fair amount of awesome sponsors and vendors, we also understand that for those of you living outside of major metropolitan areas, well, we can’t always help you there.
So, since this is the most supportive community on the internet, we thought we’d kick it to you guys. Did you have any vendors that you loved working with? People who went above and beyond the call of duty? Secretly awesome shops that don’t have websites? There are a lot of horror stories in the wedding world about terrible vendor experiences, and not enough stories about people who were great to work with. And frankly? The latter is always way more helpful to me when I’m shopping around. So tell us your best-kept secrets! (And don’t forget to tell us where you live, and an average price range of the products/services offered if possible.) If we get enough responses to today’s open thread, we’ll even do a few local roundups for the smaller metropolitan areas that don’t always get as much love from the wedding industry.
Photo of a cake made by APW sponsor Oakland Bakes