Nothing is more disappointing when photos from your wedding day turn out bad, or worst, to have them go completely missing. 

This was what happened to real bride Domenica Tan, who, six weeks after her wedding day, learnt that her wedding photographer had lost majority of their table photos and that they were, for most part, irrecoverable. 

She shares with us some of the lessons she learnt from this painful experience, and highlights some essential points every bride should keep in mind when choosing your wedding vendors. 

1. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket

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“If you’re thinking of having photo shoots/video shoots for your pre-wedding, ROM and actual day banquet, consider hiring a different team for each.

This way, in the unfortunate event one messes up, at least you have two other immediate options to work with.” 


2. Word-of-mouth might be more reliable than online reviews

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“Reviews you see online may not be the best bet when selecting the vendor of your choice.

As expectations may vary from individuals, it is best to hear from a trusted friend instead.”


3. Do sufficient price comparisons

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“If something’s too good to be true, it probably is.

So if someone is offering you a deal that sounds too competitive, it’s best to think twice before committing — the last thing you’d want to deal with is realising you’ve been short-changed on deliverables after the vendor realises they can’t cover their costs.”


4. Contracts are crucial

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“Make sure all the terms agreed upon are stated within the contract before you sign it.

This will prevent any complication, misunderstanding and unnecessary squabble since all parties can refer back to the contract, where everything is laid out clearly.”


5. Ensure you keep all communication transparent

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“If you’re afraid of moments where there could be “he said she said” accusations, request for all conversations to be kept transparent or in black and white, such as through messages, emails or recorded conversations (but always ask for permission before doing any voice recording).”