Ali is newly engaged and was proposed to at her dream location: the empty stage of a Broadway theatre! The 20-something-year-old actress met her soon-to-be husband while working on a show together, and they love to spend time seeing theatre, taking in a baseball game, and playing pop culture trivia. Ali also nannies for several families in the Los Angeles area, looks forward to Disneyland trips, and enjoys a good deli lunch. She is enjoying her journey of planning her wedding and learning about the details that go into the big day. In order to successfully achieve her vision, Ali has been using resources like The Wedding Yentas, family and friends who’ve been-there-done-that, and bridal magazines. Ali is getting married this October in Southern California.
Today, Ali shares with us how she has used The Wedding Yentas to find her vendors! Yes, almost all of her vendors have been booked based on what she’s seen right here!
I was never the kind of girl who dreamed about or planned my wedding since I was little. Okay, I might have put on a fake wedding dress and walked down a backyard aisle with my friend’s little brother, but I had no idea what I actually wanted to do when I had a real wedding.
So when Michael asked me to marry him, I was elated, but I also realized I was getting a very late start on the wedding planning in comparison to most girls. I knew who I wanted in my bridal party, and those calls were made immediately, but that was all the prior planning that I had done. I didn’t know where to start.
I knew about The Wedding Yentas and had spent many days looking at the great inventory of Real Weddings posts, marveling at every couple’s ability to make their wedding fit their personality, but my perusals had always been just for fun. It wasn’t until I was engaged that the Real Weddings photos helped me find inspiration for my wedding style and, even more importantly, find excellent vendors who would be perfect for my Los Angeles wedding. Since all the vendors had links to their sites, I clicked and clicked and thus began my great big “vendor hunt.”
Initially I was browsing through the California weddings and clicking on the vendor links simply to get to know each vendor and to learn what kinds of elements were important to me. It dawned on me that I could actually just use The Wedding Yentas to find and book my vendors. As I started to become the girl I never was, obsessing over all the pretty ideas I could implement in my wedding, I really started to have strong opinions about what I wanted.
I started with photographers. I looked at every single Southern California wedding and decided which pictures I liked and which I didn’t. I always preferred the candid, less artsy shots (just my personal taste, as I like photojournalism) and narrowed it down to about five photographers that I liked. I then showed my fiance all the pictures of the weddings that the photographers shot, and he narrowed it down to three photographers based solely on their work.
We then started emailing and calling these photographers to learn about their availability, packages, and personalities because all three factors had to match our needs. We scheduled meetings and phone calls, and it was very clear to us who we should hire. I was so excited to see this important part of our wedding planning come to fruition.
We took our engagement photos and after seeing the finished product, we are so happy with our choice and can’t wait to see the wedding photos in just two months.
Next came music and we really wanted a band. As a singer who comes from a family of musicians, I am very picky about this area of vendor selection. My fiance is also a singer and piano player, so he, too, has his strong opinions about the band. Our work was cut out for us so again, I searched all the bands on The Wedding Yentas and narrowed them down based on the clips we heard on their websites. We sent out emails and met with the contenders, and voila! We now have a great group of musicians and we love our band! Lather. Rinse. Repeat. The same story goes for hiring our florist and other wedding vendors to assemble our team.
It’s so overwhelming to shop for vendors online, but checking out the vendor list that’s part of every wedding in the Real Weddings section made it possible for me to make decisions because I could see their work in action on the weddings that are published.
So far, wedding planning has been far less overwhelming than I would have thought, especially since I am a girl who got a late start in having a vision for my wedding. Everyone I talk to is always so shocked with how easily and quickly I nailed down my main vendors, but it was because I was able to see their work so clearly and in an unbiased light on The Wedding Yentas! So for that, I am eternally grateful to The Wedding Yentas and look forward to continuing to “stalk” the Real Weddings posts and appreciate who all the other couples chose to make their big day special.