Wedding Planning Decisions, This vs That with Kelly McWilliams

Wedding Decision: Venue Preferred Vendor List vs Finding Your Own

September 08, 2021 Kelly A McWilliams Season 3 Episode 4
Wedding Planning Decisions, This vs That with Kelly McWilliams
Wedding Decision: Venue Preferred Vendor List vs Finding Your Own
Show Notes

When you got engaged one of the 1st things you did was start looking for a venue.  Chances Your venue also gave you a list of vendors they love or VENDORS LIMITED TO THOSE WHO ARE PAYING THEM.  But, don't tell anyone I told you that.  Just kidding, we encourage you to ask your venue how they vet their lists, most are transparent about it.
Anyway, just as you found your venue on your own, you can also find your vendors and creative partners on your own via online research, recommendations from friends and referrals from vendors you have booked.  There can be risk in this and there can also be reward and that is exactly why Jordan and I covered this hot and spicy topic of wedding planning.

Jordan Oliveira-Heller is the owner of Suncoast Wedding & Event Leaders, otherwise known as SWEL. SWEL is a professional association increasing the networking and education opportunities for wedding and event professionals in the region, with the goal of building a stronger community that directly benefits the client. CLICK HERE to learn all about the fantastic SWEL members you could put on your radar.  Jordan created SWEL after many years in the industry as both a caterer and in wedding venue sales. Before starting SWEL, his most recent post in the wedding industry was at The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, a world class museum and wedding venue.

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About Kelly:
A vet of the wedding industry, Kelly knows how incredible a wedding can be. She creates  from scratch and believes every moment counts and every decision plays a part in what makes your event magnificent. She believes in making events beautiful AND fun.  Published & recognized locally, nationally and globally including Martha Stewart Top Wedding Planner, Brides magazine and WeddingWire's best podcast. Home is in SWFL with husband Kelly J , mom to Maddy & Emily and dogs Reau & Olive.

Thanks to my rockstar editor: Lance Panton
With his professional start as a DJ at 17, Lance has possessed a love of music since birth. is the owner and sole DJ for MY DFW DJ - Weddings & Events. A personalized DJ service focused on telling a couple's love story in music. No genre is too challenging to meet this goal. Lance is also the editor for the podcasts "This Week In Weddings". He also serves as the co-director of membership for The Dallas/Fort Worth chapter of The National Association of Catering & Events. When Lance is not behind the booth, he's in the kitchen fulfilling his passion for the culinary arts, creating meals for his wife.