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Sterling Engagements

Wedding Planners & Designers Burbank, California, United States
Sterling Engagements is a premier, fullservice event design and production firm. From the warm and intimate to the lavish and luxurious, they offer personal yet professional service. Consistently transforming visions into breathtaking realities.
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Alyson Fox, Levine Fox Events, Inc

Wedding Planners & Designers Beverly Hills, California, United States
With 25 years of experience, Alyson and her team have gained industry-wide respect for their creativity, attention to detail, superb taste, and stunning productions. Whatever the celebration, Alyson will ensure it is a day to remember.
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Beth Helmstetter Events, Inc.

Wedding Planners & Designers Beverly Hills, California, United States
Beth Helmstetter Events is a full-service design & planning studio specializing in weddings worldwide. Whether a five-day wedding in Italy or a backyard celebration, BHE takes pride in creating lifelong memories for every couple they work with.
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Jay Lawrence Goldman Photography

Photography Beverly Hills, California, United States
Professional and personable, Jay possesses a unique ability to anticipate and capture the special moments of a wedding. Able to put people at ease, it’s no wonder he’s one of L.A.’s most sought-after wedding photographers.
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Elizabeth Grace

Invitations & Calligraphy Chicago, Illinois, United States
With a strong sense of style and a passion for pretty paper, Elizabeth Grace creates beautiful invitations for discerning brides. The premier paperie and custom stationery studio helps couples reflect their personal styles on paper.
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Lilla Bello

Floral & Event Design Santa Monica, California, United States
Lilla Bello is a boutique floral & event styling firm dedicated to designing innovative concepts, offering the highest quality, and providing concierge-level service. From daily florals to wedding blooms, they build lasting relationships.
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Gold Coast Events

Music & Entertainment Highland Park, Illinois, United States
With five all-star bands, including The Gold Coast All Stars in Chicago area and The Golden Coast All Stars in California, Gold Coast Events turns the most stunning weddings into incredible concert-like celebrations.
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Roey Yohai Studios

Photography New York City, New York, United States
We are a small boutique photo studio based in Manhattan, serving customers in the States and around the world. We are known for our customer service, easygoing manner, and breathtaking documentary photography.
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Luxe Linen

Rentals Beverly Hills, California, United States
Proudly providing door-to-door service in Southern California & nationwide shipping, Luxe Linen is a trusted leader in fine linen rental. Established in 2007, they offer the highest quality linens, napkins, and accessories to bring style to every table.
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Rikki Ladenheim Events

Wedding Planners & Designers Los Angeles, California, United States
Based in Southern California but available for destination weddings across the world, Rikki Ladenheim works one-on-one with each couple to create an exquisite event that reflects the style and personality of every client.
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La Cosa Bella Events

Wedding Planners & Designers Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Based in Raleigh, North Carolina, Gina Myers and her team of professional, organized, and devoted event specialists are experts at designing, planning and producing personalized wedding day experiences for their couples.
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Natalie Sofer Weddings and Events

Wedding Planners & Designers Los Angeles, California, United States
With over 15 years of experience, Natalie Sofer creates magical and memorable events for her clients, making the impossible not only possible but also a fabulous, one-of-a-kind experience for everyone involved.
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Posh Parties & Paper

Wedding Planners & Designers Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, United States
Based in South Florida, this luxury wedding planning company creates stylish weddings from concept to completion. They pay special attention to all the little details to create events that are truly a representation of each couple’s dreams.
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Erganic Design

Wedding Planners & Designers East Harlem, New York, United States
Led by Sojourner Auguste, the Erganic Design team creates a distinctive bespoke event experience for couples. The full-service company makes the impossible possible and creates magical moments for life’s most treasured celebrations.

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Wedding Vendors & Venues - FAQ

What vendors do you need for your wedding?

While weddings are all different, you'll likely need the following professionals for celebrations big or small: a wedding planner (or day-of coordinator), wedding venue for the ceremony and reception, photographer, hair stylist and makeup artist, attire for the bride and groom as well as the bridesmaids and groomsmen, caterer for the cocktail hour hors d'oeuvres and reception dinner, baker for the wedding cake or any desserts, florist or event designer for the bouquets and décor, music and entertainment professionals such as a wedding band or DJ, videographer, stationer for the invitation and paper goods, officiant, jeweler for the wedding rings and jewelry, rentals such as tableware and linens, transportation or a wedding car, and a lighting designer.

How do I find wedding vendors?

Whether you're having a destination wedding or a celebration in your hometown, you'll need to find the vendor – wedding-focused or not – for each part of your event to create a team of professionals to create your special day. If you've hired a wedding planner, they can help share the best wedding vendor for each part of planning your big day; or you can search on InsideWeddings.com, social media like Facebook and Instagram, or other wedding-planning sites and services that help you find services and venues for your wedding events. We encourage you to check out the profiles of our Editors Circle members, many of whom are talented, award-winning professionals in their craft.

How do you pay wedding vendors?

How you pay your wedding vendors will vary from professional to professional. Most professionals have a deposit that will secure your wedding date and give both parties confidence that your wedding events are a priority. Some professionals will then have payment plans, request the balance be paid six months, three months, or one month before the wedding events, or even have the final payment provided on the big day. Be sure to check your contracts and keep your eye on due dates so you're not in breach of contract.

Do you tip your wedding vendors?

Since these professionals are in the service business, tips and gratuities are a generous gesture of appreciation for making your day so special. General suggestions: Almost always, banquet captains receive $1-5 per guest, hairstylists and makeup artists receive 15-25% of the total fee, and $10-20/each is given to the hotel bellman (if applicable). Couples also often tip their wedding planner about 10-20% or offer a nice gift, give the catering manager $50-500, and offer $15-50 each for the musicians or $50-300 for the DJ. Those feeling especially generous may tip their photographer ($40-200) or floral designer ($50-200). 

Some vendors for wedding events will include a gratuity with their service fee; however, it's important to clarify if you're unsure. Once you've decided who you're tipping, write a check or place cash in an envelope with the recipient's name on the front; these will be distributed during or at the conclusion of their services. We also recommend writing thank-you notes to those professionals who made your day extra special.