We are starting this week with some great info on what we call a FRIENDOR - A friend that also is a vendor...and it can be tricky!
I am sure that this has happened to everyone...you announce your engagement and suddenly everyone you know, knows a guy who does weddings. It could be a photographer, DJ, caterer, florist...anything, and you have an inbox full of random names and contact information.
These people are what we call Friendors..and you should run far, far away. A Friendor is someone who may do some family photography at Christmas and now wants to photograph your wedding. A Friendor is someone who loves to cook and loves you so they want to "gift" you the catering for your wedding. A Friendor is someone who loves music, has a huge Itunes collection and wants to DJ your wedding.
All of these people have two things in common:
1. They are somehow your friend, a family friend or relative.
2. None of these people make their living in the wedding or event industry.
Please trust only professionals to handle your wedding. We have seen relationships ruined by the hiring of a Friendor and then the Friendor is unable to perform properly, the quality of the finished product is poor and feelings are hurt on both sides.
Tell your Friendors - that "I would much rather you enjoy our special day and be in the moment and celebrate with us." You can give them jobs such as readings, handing out programs, helping people find their seats at dinner, helping with the rehearsal dinner and so much more.
You have one chance on your wedding day to get amazing photos, eat spectacular food, keep the crowd on the dance floor. Don't take a chance. If you hire amateurs you will get amateur results.