As a wedding profession in just one of many categories (Planners, DJs, Florists, Photographers, Venues, oh my!) - I love to meet other vendors. The more I meet new people the more it becomes so obvious who is a true professional! Couples: Ask questions. Ask lots of questions. When you meet us for consultations, the primary focus should not be how much bang will I get from my buck, but rather is this person a good fit - do I like him, or do I like her?
Don't get me wrong, I have a college degree in business with emphasis in finance - I appreciate a budget - do I ever! However, you have got to meet enough people, and ask the right questions (for you) in order to really make sure that you are going to hire professionals that will carry out your vision for your big day - and they'll handle it like a well synchronized orchestra. I understand not everyone can hire a planner, but do keep in mind all planners that I have met have day of services too - and that means just one part of the equation is keeping the vendors on task, on schedule, helping to put the oil on the machine. You in the mean time are kicking back with your boys, or getting your mani/pedi - while in the background your professionals are taking care of business.
Please interview us - ask us everything that you want to know - and take note of those professionals that made you feel at ease, exuded confidence in their abilities, and showed that they care about you as a couple - making sure this day is everything you'd hope it would be.
Sometimes - we even make friends along the way. ;)