Every bride knows that your wedding vendors can make or break your wedding experience. After spending countless months researching which vendors you should book and spending even more time negotiating packages and prices with them, if you find vendors that you really like and who did a great job at your wedding, it's always a nice gesture to send them a post-wedding thank you. Whether you want to give them cash or just a glowing review, here are six post-wedding ways to say thank you to your favorite planners, photographers, florists and other wedding vendors.
1. Give Them Some Extra Cash
An easy and much appreciated way to thank your vendors for their hard work is with a tip at the end of the night. If you don't want to carry a wad of cash around with you, you can send them a tip after the wedding too. Not sure how much to give? Check out our ultimate guide to tipping wedding vendors for some expert help.
2. Write Them a Review
A positive online review can go along way for a vendor, especially one that's just starting out in the wedding industry. If they have a profile up on Yelp or a wedding services website, leave a thoughtful and specific review so other brides can learn from your experience and want to hire them.
3. Send Them New Business
If you have friends or family members getting married, recommend your vendor to them. Sending over new business is a great way to thank them for helping you with your wedding and a great way to do your friend a favor and have them quit the search for the perfect vendor.
4. Drop off a Thank-You Note
If you don't have anyone at this moment to recommend or just want to do a little something extra, you can send the wedding vendor a thank-you note and let them know that you are looking forward to recommending them in the future to people you know tying the knot.
5. Say Yes to Being a Reference
If you were happy with the service the vendor provided you with, say yes when they ask if they can use you as a reference for future clients. They may have those potential clients call or email you to learn more about how your wedding went.
6. Write Them a Testimonial
In addition to writing a review on another website, you can write them a personal note about how they performed at the wedding and give them permission to post it on their website or social media channels.
Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.