THREE FACTS: (1) Nargiz was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, and the wedding will combine her family’s traditions – they are Mountain Jews, or Gorski, and their culture is a mix of Persian and Middle Eastern influences – and Ryan’s American Ashkenazi background. (2) Nargiz’s mother tragically passed away last summer, so she has been facing wedding planning without her mom by her side. (3) Nargiz is a member of Smashing The Glass’s Brides Club!
How I choose my vendors
Image by of Mason Photography from Janice and Samuel‘s wedding
My fiance Ryan is the complete opposite of me. He can make a decision on the spot; if the price sounds right to him, he will say yes. I need to know who, what, where, when, why, how.
I probably have spent way too much time meeting with different vendors, emailing and discussing what they can offer, what ideas they have and for how much, etc. However, if I did not meet with so many different vendors, I would not be comfortable with making my decisions.
Image by Michael Lee from Miriam and Lazarus‘ wedding
Some of my friends chose the first dress they tried on, or found a dress at the very first store they went to. I went to 8 different stores and must have tried on 50+ dresses. I went to four florists before making my decision while some of my friends went to one, maybe two. It makes me wonder, am I being too picky?
I prefer to research their reviews, look at their prior work, sometimes meet face to face, compare packages, and even do a trial or two (hair and makeup), and then decide who to choose.
I am always looking for the best option which can be stressful and time consuming but if I don’t do it my way, I won’t feel at ease with my choice. After all, you only have your first wedding once! 😉
No right or wrong
Image by Jeremy Standley from Olivia and Paul‘s wedding
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Nargiz & Ryan’s Wedding Vendors booked so far: