Today we are going to try something a little different. We want to have an open forum type of discussion with YOU the readers. We normally have on average about 150-200 views per post and today we want ALL of you to actually COMMENT! We want to know what our community is thinking and what mentalities are out there!
Today our topic is: African Vendors...to hire or not to hire???? It is very clear that African vendors are severely underrepresented in the wedding industry. With the recent release of bridal magazines that are geared towards African brides we hope to see this change. The change MUST begin with us though! Recently, I have had conversations with friends who swear they wont hire ANY African vendors and conversations with others who want to hire ONLY African vendors. What is the school of thought behind these opposite reactions? Is it because some feel that African vendors are incompetent or less creative or even more difficult to work with? I have seen photographers, event designers, stationary designers, dress designers, event planners, florists, and make up artists, of African descent that do absolutely amazing work and the list goes on. You could hold their work up to their American counterparts and never be able to tell the difference. I am personally an advocate of supporting my own and working with people that I can relate to, which is why you will hear me say I want ALL African vendors for my wedding. I think that our culture is so rich and intricate that I would only want people who have experience dealing with an event that is filled with so much tradition to be a part of it. I just want vendors that GET ME! For example, most of us have witnessed or seen pictures of South Asian weddings. Their weddings are VERY, VERY rich in tradition, culture, and customs! So rich that it is VERYYY rare to see them deal with vendors that are not of South Asian descent, simply because trying to explain all their traditions might end up being very frustrating for the bride and the vendor at the end of the day. So for that reason, you will see many of them stick with people of the same nationality. My question is why don't WE do the same??
Do you agree or disagree with me? Do you feel that Africans can be unprofessional? Are they hard to find? Would you or did you boycott the use of African vendors for your event? Why or Why not? TALK to me!! This post is going to be straight up DIALOGUE! Tell us what you are thinking! We want to know!
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