It’s no secret that people hate writing reviews. There I said it, and I totally get it! So I put together some tips & tricks to help make your life easier when it comes to actually sitting down and writing your wedding vendor reviews!
But first, let’s start with 3 reasons why it’s a good idea to write reviews for all of your vendors – and why it deserves a prime spot on your post wedding to-do list.
3 Reasons Why You Should Write Wedding Vendor Reviews
I know, writing wedding vendor reviews is probably the last thing you feel like doing after coming home from your honeymoon and writing an endless amount of thank-you notes to your guests.
However, writing even a short review can be SO helpful for not only your wedding vendors, but it can also help guide recently engaged couples in the right direction when looking for their wedding vendors! After all, everyone deserves to have the best vendor dream team at their wedding, am I right? Let’s dive in…
1. It’s one of the best ways to thank them
If your wedding vendor went above and beyond, what better way to thank them than by giving them a stellar review with a little bit of public praise? Vendors rely heavily on reviews as a way for other couples to choose them for their weddings. You can think about a review as a public thank you card to your vendors.
2. You can help other couples (more than you know)
Remember when you were drowning in wedding plans and vendor options not that long ago? Take a few moments to think about how much you relied on vendor reviews from other couples to help make your vendor decisions.
Apart from word-of-mouth & vendor referrals, reviews are one of the best ways for couples to narrow down vendor options. Was there one review that really stuck out in your mind (good or bad) that helped you decide whether or not to book a certain vendor?
Pay it forward by writing your own review! Your review could be instrumental in helping other couples make their final vendor decisions!
3. You can support local small businesses
A good online review is extremely valuable to your vendors (trust me), and is more than just a nice way to say thank you. Customers obviously flock to the vendors with the most and best reviews (I know I do), so why not give your local wedding pros a little business boost?
It’s amazing what a few awesome reviews can do – especially with lots of couples currently booking their 2021 weddings (translation: newly engaged couples are starting their hunt for awesome wedding pros right now & your review could help).
How to Write Wedding Vendor Reviews
Ok, so I know you are thinking, “Marissa, you’ve told us why wedding vendor reviews are helpful, but help! What do I write?!”
I promise it is not as hard as you think, but I understand that it can feel like a daunting task, so here are some things to keep in mind when you sit down to write your wedding vendor reviews!
Pro tip: It doesn’t have to be a novel, you can keep it short and sweet. Even a short review is super helpful, so don’t overthink it!
Talk about the actual services the pro provided in your wedding vendor review, and tell a story to highlight those points. Did your wedding planner totally save the day when your cake didn’t arrive? Did your caterer create a special meal for a specific guest? Things like that!
Share the details about what made your vendor so special and unique. These stories will really help them stand out as other engaged couples look for their wedding vendors.
Ideas About What to Write
Here are some questions to help give you ideas about things you can think about when writing your wedding vendor reviews. These are great areas to highlight!
- What did you enjoy most about working with them?
- What was the most helpful or important thing they did for you?
- Were they knowledgable and did they answer your questions well?
- What is the best advice or suggestion that they gave you?
- What was the most creative thing they did?
- What was the most surprising thing they did?
- Were they good problem solvers?
- Would you recommend them to your family/friends/other couples?
Check Out Past Reviews for Inspo
If you are feeling like you are having a bad case of writer’s block, check out some past reviews that other couples have already written about the specific vendor for inspiration!
Here are some examples of awesome reviews that some of my past couples have written me for additional inspiration.
Think about the Stars
On most review sites (like WeddingWire & The Knot) you will be asked to rate your vendors in several categories (1-5 stars, like the pic shows below) on – Quality of Service, Responsiveness, Professionalism, Value, and Flexibility. If you’re having trouble writing a detailed review, think about these categories and they might inspire you!
Try to work out issues before writing your review
If you have specific complaints or concerns about your experience with one of your vendors, try to work it out with them before writing your wedding vendor reviews. They may genuinely not be aware of your concerns, and your negative review will come as a surprise.
Try to discuss any problems with your vendor as they occur to see if they can be resolved (this is best practice) – and if there are still issues, spell them out in your review. Just remember to be level-headed when voicing your frustrations.
If your wedding vendor provided tangible work, such as hair & makeup, wedding design, florist or a cake, you can include photos with your review so that other couples can see what an awesome job your vendor team did (and so you can brag about your day just a little bit more haha)! If possible, try to use professional pictures from your photographer. People love seeing photos!
Give a shout-out
If you worked with a larger company with many employees, make sure to name the person or people who specifically helped you, and thank them! They’ll appreciate getting credit for their hard work!
I hope these tips were helpful! Happy review writing!