We are so excited to launch our new collaborative series today — Gather Around the Table - an inside look at some of our favorite local Cape Cod wedding vendors. Today we kick it off by gathering around the table with us - Jamie and Stephanie - answering fun questions about weddings, Cape Cod and our favorite things! Tune in every other Tuesday for a new episode featuring local Cape Cod vendors! Do you have a Cape Cod vendor you want to see featured? Email us!
You have decided that Cape Cod is your perfect location for your fairytale wedding, the location is booked, the scene is set, but now it is time to find your vendors. From florists and photographers, to DJs and caterers - everything is available to you right here on Cape Cod. Cape Cod is a destination wedding location and a majority of the couples that get married here are not residents, but have a history of coming to the Cape with their families for years. And because of the destination value, many businesses have started on Cape Cod to work with these couples on their dream wedding. So today, I am going to give you the top reasons why you should hire Cape Cod vendors, instead of considering those who may have to come over the bridge.
1. In the Know
If you hire a Cape Cod vendor 9 times out of 10 they are going to be in the know about your venue. Local photographers can recommend places near by to take photos, local caterers will know the ins and outs of certain venues - like what you can and cannot do on site - and other vendors will most likely have best practices at that location. Cape vendors also know about, and how to deal with, traffic and how to get around it! And that can be a big deal!
2. Bridge Traffic
If I have to pick a number one, this would be it. Cape vendors do not have to deal with bridge traffic! Most weddings are on weekends and most of the traffic coming to the Cape is on weekends - so if you hire local vendors, they do not have to worry about how early they have to leave so that they won’t be sitting in traffic trying to get over the bridge to your wedding!
3. Keep it Local
If you haven’t heard it before, Cape Codders are big believers in shopping locally to support our economy here on our little slice of heaven. So when it is possible, locals shop local and we all love when visitors shop local as well. It just means that the more that comes back into our community, the more we can keep the Cape striving and a fabulous place for couples to come to get married every year!
4. Locals know Locals
It is always so refreshing for any vendor to work a wedding and know most of the other vendors you have selected for your event, especially when they are all from Cape Cod. When you are working with your planner or catering manager, ask them about locals they they recommend and who they have had great experiences with. This will help you to narrow down those in the community that will fit your style, budget and needs.
As a planner on Cape Cod, I do try my best to stay local as often as I can. From time to time, my couples have already booked their photographer, band, or other vendor from off Cape and it is my job to be sure the vendors are educated on how to get to the locations and warn them about possible traffic. So if you do end up booking someone from off Cape, be sure that they are well aware of the travel time to your venue and that they leave at least 2 extra hours in the summer on a weekend to ensure they get to where they need to be on time! I can’t tell you how many times I have had a vendor stuck in traffic!
So on Wednesday it is December - where did the time go? Although my December is free of weddings and events (as of today that is!) it is filled with plans for 2011 weddings, research and of course, Christmas shopping, cookies and music.
It looks like 2011 is shaping up to be a great year. What makes it so great are the fabulous brides and awesome vendors. Oh, and I guess some really fun grooms too!! So December will be filled with requesting vendor contracts, planning calls, 2011 inquiries and a partridge in a pear tree.
One thing I also love to do in December - well any month for that matter - is research. One of the best new ways to do wedding research easily everyday is to "LIKE" businesses on Facebook. That way everyday when you check in on your own Facebook homepage you may be surprised by what you find!! Below are a few pages on Facebook I have begun to follow to see what new trends are out there, see photos of local weddings and find what fun DIY ideas are being created.
You Ought to be in Pictures
Sarah Fantom Photography
Chris Cook Photography
Jennifer Gunn Photography
Lady Slipper Stationary
Cape Cod Lollicakes
Click Chick Photography
and of course - me!!
There are so many more out there I am sure - feel free to share some of your favorites - and this is not all I have, but I will update it as I find new, fun businesses to follow!
Happy December everyone - one of the busiest months of the year!!
Plan. Relax. Enjoy.
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