Michelle
Newbie Bride June 2023 Staffordshire

Suppliers - Booking near home or the venue?

Michelle, 20 July 2021 at 10:18 Posted on Planning 0 12
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Hi all

We have provisionally booked our wedding for 24th June 2023 (just waiting for the registrars to get back to us which sounds like it may be a 1-2 month wait at the moment!)

The wedding is approx 1hr away from where we live, so I was just looking for opinions from anyone who has booked a venue which is a bit of a distance from home

Would you book suppliers local to home, or local to the venue? By suppliers I'm thinking mainly hair & makeup, decorators, photographer, cake

I'm thinking any suppliers local to home are likely to charge a fee for travel, but booking closer to the venue means its harder for us to visit them prior to the wedding

I'm getting ready at the venue in the morning so will be there from about 9am

Any thoughts from anyone who has done something similar?

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Latest activity by Marcie, 21 July 2021 at 18:26
  • Marcie
    Rockstar Bride August 2021 Bristol
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    The only problem with booking closer to your home is extra charges. I’m having to pay an extra £150 due to the distance of the events company I’m using. It would be the same for the cake maker and florist if I wasn’t using local ones. Ask your venue for recommended suppliers.
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  • Michelle
    Newbie Bride June 2023 Staffordshire
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    I thought that might be the case if they had to travel which is making me think maybe it'll be easier to get the majority booked closer to the venue especially as I'm getting ready there as well

    The venue is having an open day in September so i'll probably see what suppliers are there as they'll be local to the venue, they have already recommended a decorator company to us as well so will probably get a quote from them. Just worried it might be a pain travelling back and forth for any finalization appointments or trails!

    Thanks!

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  • PhotographybyBillHaddon
    Rockstar Groom January 3000 Leicestershire
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    From a photography point of view 1 hour is not much, but it would be on my outer limits of how far I would travel. But I am a rarity as some are willing to travel for 3+ hours.

    Consider this, if a photographer is willing to travel for 3 hours for your wedding then quite possibly they did it yesterday for another wedding, which they left at 10pm and get home for 1am. They now have to download all the shots, then back that up on another medium, recharge all the battery's, maybe grab a bite to eat, they are not getting to bed until 2.30 and they then have to get up in 3-4 hours to go and shoot your wedding.

    So no problem as yours could be the first of the weekend so you get them fresh. But there was one horror story on this forum and it turned out that the photographer got home and left the camera downloading to a laptop and went bed - got up the next day and deleted yesterdays images but it wasn't until they got back from that wedding that they realised yesterdays wedding download had failed. A combination of travelling late and trying to book as many weddings in as possible.

    Another thing is I try to avoid motorways as much as possible its a nightmare of mine being stuck on a motorway.

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  • Michelle
    Newbie Bride June 2023 Staffordshire
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    Thanks for your input, good to hear it from a suppliers point of view! I think I will definitely be trying to keep everyone's travel to a minimum to avoid as many unforeseen issues as possible!

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  • R
    Expert Bride July 2020 Monmouthshire
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    You shouldn't actually need to have many meetings with suppliers - it's always a good idea to meet in person once (and obviously, hair or makeup trials would have to be done in person) but most things can be sorted by phone or email. So I wouldn't worry too much about having suppliers who live near your venue.

    If you can find anyone who lives between your home & venue, that would be the best solutions of course! But an hour isn't really that far. We booked a photographer who lived 45 minutes from our hometown and about the same from the venue, and we just combined our trip to see him with something else on the same day.

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  • S
    Savvy Bride June 2023 Worcestershire
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    Hey Michelle, fellow Worcestershire bride here. I put my request in with registrar on the 10th June and still waiting :-( Be interested to see when you get a reply xx

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  • Michelle
    Newbie Bride June 2023 Staffordshire
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    I've seen a few people say there are delays with registrars! I only put mine in on 12th July so think I've got a while yet! Xx
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  • Sarah
    Curious Bride August 2021 Suffolk
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    My venue is about 1.5 hours away from me so I have tried to find suppliers local to the venue, otherwise you're looking at travel costs for them on top. I chose a lot of suppliers that my venue recommended too. If you have your heart set on someone local to you that is happy to travel though, do what feels best. Most suppliers are happy to do video or phone meetings rather than in person anyway, and sometimes it's nice to have an excuse to go and visit your venue again when meeting suppliers!

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  • Michelle
    Newbie Bride June 2023 Staffordshire
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    Yes I'm thinking supplier's nearer the venue sounds like the best idea. The only one local I pretty much want to use is for the cake, which is probably the worst thing to travel unfortunately! I'm hoping when I go to the wedding fayre at our venue it'll give us a few suppliers to try!
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  • Sarah
    Curious Bride August 2021 Suffolk
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    I'm sure it will, have fun and enjoy - this is an exciting time!
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  • Michal
    South Yorkshire
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    Hi, 1 hr isn't much. I travel all over the UK for weddings. I'm a photographer, not sure about other suppliers,

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  • Richard
    Curious Groom May 2022 Berkshire
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    Yeh a supplier half way between you and the venue sounds like a great idea



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