When to Hire Vendors for Your Unique Hudson Valley Wedding

Searching for vendors for your upcoming Hudson Valley wedding would seem like a simple matter–especially if you already have some idea of who you want to hire for your big day. There are a number of excellent checklists and timelines available online that provide a great starting point for your vendor search. Many sites offer local vendor reviews as well as detailed advice on how and when to get started on each step of the wedding planning process.

However, the truth is, rather than asking “when should I hire my wedding vendors?” couples should be asking another question: “who is coming to my wedding?”

Hudson Valley Links at Union Vale Wedding Bride and Groom First Dance Set to Music and Uplighting by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Owl's Eye Studios

Bride and Groom’s First Dance at their Hudson Valley Wedding at the Links at Union Vale, Set to Music and Uplighting by DJ Bri Swatek, Courtesy of Owl’s Eye Studios

It is never too early, once you’re engaged and you’ve set your wedding date, to begin searching for your key vendors. This is especially true if you have certain vendors in mind. Simply put, the same vendor can not be in more than one place at one time, and once they’re booked, they’re no longer available. Chances are, if you’ve seen or heard of a vendor that you think is the right style for your big day, so have other couples as well. Professional wedding vendors who truly treat each wedding as if it were their own are often in demand long before the timelines suggested on traditional wedding planning checklists.

Even a “multi-op” company that offers several staff members under one name is still just a group of individuals–people who will eventually become booked as it gets closer to your wedding date. A professional wedding vendor will always provide you with a written contract stating exactly who is coming to your wedding and exactly who will be working for you on your big day. If a company seems great at the outset and claims that “they’re available” for your date but is then reluctant to give you the exact name of the person who is guaranteed to be at your wedding, it’s probably time to take a step back and look at your other options.

Hudson Valley Links at Union Vale Wedding Bride and Groom Cake Cutting Set to Music and Uplighting by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Owl's Eye Studios

Bride and Groom’s Cake Cutting at their Hudson Valley Wedding at the Links at Union Vale, Set to Music and Uplighting by DJ Bri Swatek, Courtesy of Owl’s Eye Studios

Once you’ve set your wedding date, sites such as The Knot, WeddingWire, Huff Post Weddings, and Bridal Guide offer a wealth of local reviews, checklists and timelines for your upcoming Hudson Valley wedding:

Reviews

The Knot

WeddingWire

Timelines

The Knot — Planning a Wedding

WeddingWire — Wedding Timeline

Huffington Post — Wedding Planning Timeline

Bridal Guide — Countdown Calendar

Checklists

The Knot — Wedding Checklist

WeddingWire — Wedding Checklist

Finally, if you do find that any of your top vendor choices are already booked for your wedding date, don’t hesitate to ask them for recommendations. Most professional wedding vendors network closely with a number of their “competitors” and would be more than happy to point you in the right direction toward similar services that would ensure the very best for your once-in-a-lifetime event.

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

Bri

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DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style
Your DJ for Your Unique Style
in the Hudson Valley of New York

Email: briswatek@gmail.com
Phone: 845.235.0080
Online: www.djbriswatek.com

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Wedding DJ Reviews

With the amount of time and money you’re putting into planning your upcoming wedding, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to hire professional wedding vendors that come highly recommended by other brides and grooms.  This is especially true for your wedding DJ.  From the First Dance to the Last Dance, you want to make sure that your DJ handles all your most important moments correctly and has your dance floor packed all night long, with your friends and family celebrating to all your favorite songs.

Hudson Valley Wedding First Dance at Bethel Woods Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Kevin Ferguson

Hudson Valley Wedding First Dance at Bethel Woods Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Kevin Ferguson

If you’ve attended a lot of weddings over the past few years, you have a number of first-hand experiences to draw upon when searching for a wedding DJ – you’ve seen different DJs and different couples’ ideas of fun at a wedding.  You have a lot of friends and family to ask “who was your wedding DJ?” and “were they good?”

However, if you haven’t attended a lot of weddings recently (or if you have, and still haven’t found the type of DJ you’re looking for!) there are a number of outstanding review sites online for brides and grooms searching for vendor recommendations.

WeddingWire and The Knot are two excellent resources for brides and grooms looking for reviews posted by other couples after their big day.  While vendors can advertise on these sites as well, the reviews are written and posted by previous customers, not the businesses themselves.  This ensures that you get honest opinions and the information you need to make the best decision you can when hiring your wedding DJ.

Hudson Valley wedding DJ’s business pages on Facebook and Google+ are also excellent places to read reviews and hear from previous customers.

(For reviews of my DJ business, please visit http://www.DJBriSwatek.com, where you will find direct links to my company’s page on each of these online review sites.)

Hudson Valley Wedding Dance Party at Bethel Woods Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Kevin Ferguson

Hudson Valley Wedding Dance Party at Bethel Woods Set to Music by DJ Bri Swatek Courtesy of Kevin Ferguson

For most couples, hiring wedding vendors—especially their wedding DJ—is a new, once-in-a-lifetime experience.  In addition to first-hand experiences, personal recommendations, and referrals by other wedding vendors, don’t hesitate to search out reviews of the DJ you’re looking to invite to MC and entertain your closest friends and family on your big day.

Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

Bri

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DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style
Your DJ for Your Unique Style
in the Hudson Valley of New York

Email: briswatek@gmail.com
Phone: 845.235.0080
Online: www.djbriswatek.com

Joni and Nick’s Best Hudson Valley Wedding Ever! at The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel

I was honored to be a part of Joni and Nick’s unique Hudson Valley wedding at the Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel earlier this year.  DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style provided event planning, wedding uplighting in an Autumn amber, and kept the dance floor going all night long!

Check out Joni’s vendor reviews and interview with Best Hudson Valley Wedding Ever! about all the planning that went into this amazing night:

http://www.besthudsonvalleyweddingever.com/best-weddings/real-wedding-wednesday-a-fall-inspired-celebration-at-the-poughkeepsie-grand-hotel

Special thanks to Cheryl at Bolton-Reuter Photography for the fantastic images from the wedding.

Congratulations!

Bri

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DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style
Your Professional Disc Jockey and MC Service
in the Hudson Valley of New York

Email:   briswatek@aol.com
Phone:   845.235.0080
Online:   www.djbriswatek.com