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You may have left dramatic rivalries in the past when you graduated from high school, but the wedding vendors you're dealing with may not be as keen to check their egos at the door. What is a bride to do when in the midst of wedding planning, two of her prized vendors are self-described enemies? Our etiquette experts weigh in on how to manage dueling wedding vendors.
No bride enjoys acting as an intermediary between two conflicting parties when wedding planning should take precedence, but there are ways of bypassing the hostility without losing either vendor. First, make sure that your vendors don't have the chance to personally interact. If your wedding caterer and baker are at odds, simply make sure your wedding tastings take place at separate times and the two vendors won't overlap at the wedding.
Next, alleviate any insecurities your vendors may have by assuring them you appreciate their exceptional work and hope they understand how much their participation means to your nuptials. Both parties should be delighted you've included their work in the wedding, and if they are professionals, will gladly put their differences aside for a day to produce unforgettable results at your nuptials. However, a backup plan is advisable if you sense that one of your vendors is likely to jump ship, so make sure you have the number of substitute companies on speed dial in case the situation escalates unexpectedly.