Preferred Vendor Lists: Why We're Not on Many

If you're just beginning your wedding vendor search, you might think to start with your venue's preferred vendor list. This list appears to take all the guesswork out of wedding planning. You've been handed a collection of local service providers that frequently work weddings at your venue -- why not make it easy and choose them for your big day?

A company on a preferred vendor list may very well be a good fit for your wedding. But these lists are far from comprehensive or exhaustive; by only considering the preferred list from your venue, you're looking at a small fraction of your potential options.

For instance, most event venues only list four or five preferred vendors per category (DJ, florist, photographer, salon, bakery, etc.). A search on sites like The Knot or Wedding Wire for wedding photographers serving the Red Bank, New Jersey area yields upwards of 700 results -- and some of them don't appear on any preferred vendor lists at all.

If you look beyond the providers recommended by your venue, you just might find another company that better suits your needs and budget.

What is a preferred vendor list, anyway?

Most banquet halls have a small directory of vendors that are regularly hired by clients to work events there. But let's clear one thing up: Companies on a preferred vendor list are not necessarily preferred by couples. They're preferred by the venues because they have existing professional relationships. That's not to say these vendors aren't reputable or that they won't do a great job on your wedding. However, it's important to understand why venues have preferred vendor lists in the first place.

Generally, a venue's list of preferred vendors has to do with their own internal policies. For instance, some places impose strict quality control requirements on any third-party that works there. In this case, the vendor list helps couples choose a provider that meets those requirements. Other times, venues will recommend vendors as a mutually beneficial business arrangement. Preferred vendors may pay a fee to be listed by a venue, or give the venue commission when couples book them off the preferred list.

Depending on your venue's contract, you may have to use a certain vendor, such as a caterer or cake baker, if you wish to have your wedding there. If you are not required to use providers from that list, though, you can and should expand your search to include other vendors in your local area.

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How to vet a wedding vendor

Whether the vendor you're considering came from a preferred list or not, you should approach the process the same way. Check out their website and social media channels. Look up reviews and, if possible, talk to past clients about their experience. Most importantly, take time to interview each potential vendor and ask detailed questions about their work.

Some things you may want to ask include:

  • Have you worked weddings at our venue before? If they're not on the preferred list, they may not have worked your venue before. This isn't necessarily a deal breaker, but it's certainly an advantage if they're already familiar with your space.
  • How do you work with couples throughout the planning process? You want a vendor who will collaborate with you, listen to your needs, and tailor their services to your wedding day vision. Bonus points if they offer a convenient online planning tool!
  • Can you share examples of your work? For photographers, videographers, bakers, florists, stylists, and other people involved in "visual" aspects of your day, you should get a clear idea of their style and quality of work to ensure it matches your expectations.
  • Can any past clients provide a reference? Most vendors are happy to connect you with satisfied clients or a testimonials page so you can get a first-hand account of what it's like to work with them.
  • What are your contract terms and payment options? When you're trying to keep track of payments for multiple vendors, it's critical to understand what you owe and when. You'll want to ask about any fees, payment plan options, cancellation policies, and other important contract terms.

Why you won't find us on many 'preferred' lists

For more than 15 years, Hurricane Productions has been helping people in the tri-state area throw amazing parties and capture memories from their special occasions. We take pride in what we do and work with each client to ensure all their needs are met. Being "preferred" by a particular venue doesn't matter to us nearly as much as being preferred by our clients. We don't want to be someone's default choice because they found us on a venue's list. We'd rather someone contact us because we were recommended by a friend, or because they researched us and truly believed we were the best choice for their wedding day.

So, no, you won't find Hurricane on many preferred vendor lists. While we may end up on some in the future, our top priority will always be serving our clients.

Remember, your wedding a big investment. You and your fiance owe it to yourselves to do your research and find the ideal vendors for your wedding day. Don't be afraid to look beyond a preferred vendor list and make an informed decision for the most important day of your life.

Looking for entertainment, photography, and videography services for your wedding? Hurricane Productions can help. Check out our pricing page or request a quote for more details.

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Amanda and Stephen - Woodloch Springs Resort

Amanda and Stephen's Woodloch Springs Resort Wedding

The Poconos Mountains are a popular destination for travelers who love the great outdoors. Because of all the natural beauty nestled within this Pennsylvania mountain range, it's also a popular place to tie the knot. Just ask couples who host a Woodloch Springs Resort wedding: This all-inclusive destination wedding spot allows you to begin your married life surrounded by beautiful mountain views, an expansive golf course, and a 150-acre lake.

Amanda and Stephen held their wedding at this gorgeous Hawley, PA resort. Hurricane Productions provided multiple services to help the couple celebrate their big day.

As part of our Turntable Entertainment package, Amanda and Stephen's guests enjoyed reception entertainment by DJ/MC Alvin Gay. As an add-on, the newlyweds also rented our attended photo booth, which includes a prop box, unlimited prints, a USB drive and download link of all photos, and a keepsake scrapbook for the couple.

Hurricane also captured Amanda and Stephen's Woodloch Springs Resort wedding with full-day photography and videography. Photographer Dave "DC" Costantini spent the entire day with the couple, documenting every special moment from their pre-ceremony preparations through the end of their reception.

Videographer Markus Robinson provided six hours of coverage for their ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception. Amanda and Stephen chose our Full Feature videography package, which includes a 60 to 90-minute formal edit, a three to five-minute highlight video, and all raw footage from their wedding day.

Need entertainment and media services for your tri-state area wedding? Visit our pricing page or request a custom quote for more details.

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Michael and Raymond - The Grand at 1600

Michael and Raymond: The Grand at 1600 Wedding

Michael Kaplan and Raymond Pruss held their autumn wedding at The Grand at 1600.

Located in Lakewood, New Jersey, this event venue provides the perfect space for an elegant ceremony and reception. From its outdoor courtyard with waterfall and florals, to the crystal chandelier and draped ceilings in its Grand Ballroom, a Grand at 1600 wedding offers countless opportunities for gorgeous photos and videos.

The happy couple hired Hurricane Productions to provide bundled media and entertainment services for their big day. We set up our wireless sound system for Michael and Raymond's ceremony, then moved over to the DJ booth in the Grand Ballroom.

After the newlyweds made their grand entrance (complete with top hats and canes!), DJ Alvin Gay and MC Robbie Padovano kept the party going throughout the evening.

The couple's friends and family spent the night dancing beneath custom intelligent spotlighting, which Nick Nittoli set up as part of our Spotlight Entertainment Package. When they weren't on the dance floor, guests enjoyed using the attended photo booth that Michael and Raymond added to their package.

Capturing special memories from a special night

Hurricane Productions captured Michael and Raymond's wedding events in photos and video. Photographer Corynn Egreczky spent the entire day with the couple documenting every special moment, from their pre-ceremony preparations through their spectacular sparkler send-off.

As part of our Full-Feature Videography Package, videographer Markus Robinson provided eight hours of coverage for Michael and Raymond's day. After the wedding, the new Mr. and Mr. received a feature-length, 60 to 90-minute cinematic edit of their wedding, along with a three to five-minute highlight video to share with family and friends.

Need media and entertainment services for your New Jersey wedding? Check out our pricing page to learn about our all-inclusive packages, or request a custom quote for your big day.

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Stephanie and Christopher - The Stone Terrace

Stephanie and Christopher's Stone Terrace Wedding

Many couples are on the fence about videography services for their wedding day. Some aren't sure that they want or need it, while others simply don't know if they have room in their budget. Fortunately, Stephanie and Christopher didn't have to make that choice: The groom's brother surprised them with videography for their Stone Terrace wedding in Hamilton, New Jersey.

Christopher's brother reached out to Hurricane Productions about videography services for the couple's big day. He booked our Short Movie Package for Stephanie and Christopher, which includes up to eight hours of coverage for the first look, ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception.

Two weeks prior to their wedding, Christopher's brother revealed his surprise. Stephanie and Christopher then coordinated their wedding day timeline details with us.

Our videographer Tyler Ajamian spent the day with the couple to document the events of their big day. Afterwards, the newlyweds received a three to five-minute edited highlight video set to the music of their choice, along with the raw footage from their day.

Thanks to a very thoughtful brother, Stephanie and Christopher now have all their special wedding memories preserved on video.

Need videography, photography, or entertainment for your wedding day? Hurricane Productions offers a full suite of all-inclusive service packages for tri-state area couples. Visit our pricing page or request a quote for more details.

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Kaitlyn and Sean - Stone House at Stirling Ridge

Couples who want an elegant wedding venue surrounded by the peace and quiet of the mountains don't need to look further than Stone House at Stirling Ridge. Located in Warren, New Jersey, this farm-to-table restaurant and event space is the perfect location for an unforgettable celebration.

Dianna and Ryan - Minerals Hotel

Dianna and Ryan tied the knot at Minerals Hotel surrounded by their family and friends. Hurricane Productions provided a sound system for their picturesque wedding ceremony. When guests headed over to the reception, DJ Alvin Gay and MC Robbie Padovano were there to provide entertainment throughout the evening.

Jessica and Keith - Lambertville Station Restaurant and Inn

Jessica and Keith's Lambertville Station Wedding

Lambertville Station Restaurant and Inn is an ideal wedding venue for couples who want rustic charm, history, and unforgettable scenery for their big day. The 19th-century building once served as a train station, until it was transformed into the elegant restaurant and hotel that stands today.

Located just an hour outside of both Philadelphia and New York City, Lambertville Station boasts more than a convenient location. The venue's grounds include rolling hills and stunning waterfront views of the Delaware River, which lend themselves to amazing photos and videos.

Jessica and Keith chose Lambertville Station as their wedding venue, and Hurricane Productions was there to capture all the magic. The couple chose our full-feature videography package, which includes six hours of coverage for the wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception.

Videographer Tyler Ajamian filmed Jessica and Keith's wedding. His footage was edited into a 60 to 90-minute feature-length wedding film, as well as a 3 to 5-minute highlight reel. All video was shot with professionally recorded audio and high-end stabilization equipment.

Hurricane Productions offers a full suite of media and entertainment services for your wedding day. Visit our pricing page to view our all-inclusive packages, or request a quote to learn more.

Our Favorite South Jersey Wedding Venues

In our 15-plus years of celebrating weddings throughout the tri-state area, we’ve discovered many charming event spaces that our couples choose over and over again. Although many Hurricane Productions weddings are local to our Central New Jersey headquarters, we’ve had the pleasure of working at some truly incredible South Jersey wedding venues.

Lidiya and Brian - Molly Pitcher Inn

Lidiya and Brian celebrated their summer wedding at the historic Molly Pitcher Inn in downtown Red Bank, NJ. Located along the Navesink River, this venue offers a luxurious setting for any celebration, as well as great food and service. Couples who hold their wedding here get a charming, nostalgic atmosphere with an impeccable waterfront view.

Michelle and Nicholas - Stone House at Stirling Ridge

With its farm-to-table cuisine and gorgeous natural surroundings, any Stirling Ridge wedding is sure to be an experience of a lifetime. Michelle and Nicholas tied the knot at this stunning mountain wedding venue. The couple connected with Hurricane Productions at the 2018 Wedding Walk and booked us for entertainment, photo, and video services for their big day.

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