Wedding Planning 101 – which vendor to hire first

Are you recently engaged?
Or suspect your proposal is coming soon?
Here are some tips:
 I.  Pay attention and be present — soak in all those beautiful, warm feelings.  Don’t worry about a to do list – just soak it in!
2. Tell your family and all those special people
Either in person or with a phone call — this will give you a happy feeling too because you will be hearing their wonderful wishes and congrats.  Sharing happiness makes you happier I think!
3. Start slowly planning your wedding by narrowing down the season you want to get married, the style of wedding you want and then start visiting venues.
Often newly engaged couples will contact me at that point to get an idea of my availability so they are sure I’m available on their wedding day.
When you find the perfect venue match,
you can book the perfect date!

Then get down to specifics — here’s the suggested order to Hire wedding Vendors:

– – – – – – – – – – – – – – One-Wedding-Per-Day Vendors – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Following are wedding vendors who typically serve one wedding per day.

1 – Wedding Planner (12 months in advance): You should choose your wedding planner first to reserve your date on their calendar and have their guidance during the entire wedding planning process.

Photographer and Videographer (11 months in advance): We suggest the third vendor to hire for your wedding is your wedding photographer and wedding videographer.
Why? Because these are most often single person (or small teams) of creative professionals that work one wedding per day.
Much of why you’ll hire them is based off of loving their style and loving their pricing even more, so once you find your match –
make it official by signing the contract.

Don’t let your date get booked by another bride!

 
Band or DJ (11 months in advance): While you might not think about entertainment for your wedding reception at this stage of the game, you should!
Your Band or DJ is a perfect example of a wedding vendor who can only service 1 wedding per day.
 If you have your heart set on a specific band, or love the energy of the DJ you saw at your friend’s wedding – book them now.  This goes for ceremony musicians too.
Wedding Dress (11 months in advance): Once you decide on where you will get married and where the reception will be, it’s time to go dress shopping

Hair and Makeup (9 months in advance):  Chances are you are as thick as thieves with your hair dresser and have your cut and color pre-booked every time you leave the salon, and for good reason!

A talented hair stylist is coveted by many and hard to get in with.

Caterer (8 months in advance):  If your venue does not offer onsite catering, its time to hire an offsite caterer to feed your guests.
 During this time you will review their menus, read customer testimonials and brainstorm on setups like buffets, plated or stations and maybe even have a tasting.

 

Floral and Decor (8 months in advance):   Next up are wedding flowers.
At eight months in advance you have a good amount of time to get on the schedule for the best wedding florist in your area and brainstorm with them on what the vision of your wedding is.
Wedding Cake (6-8 months in advance):  While a wedding cake baker can serve multiple weddings in a weekend, chances are they can’t serve an endless amount.
So, we say get on the schedule in advance by signing the wedding cake contract.
Again, it’s likely you’ll have your tasting a bit later in the process, but reserving your spot in their weekend schedule ahead of time will make sure you get the cake baker you like the best.
 Invitations (6-8 months in advance):  Time to talk invitations and stationery. If you would like to send out save the dates, you’ll want to choose your stationery designer eight months in advance.
Years from now, all that will remain of your special day is your photographs, so choosing your photographer is one of your most important wedding day decisions.
My greatest joy is to be asked to capture a couple’s love story from Engagement to Wedding day. 
I’m based in San Diego, but would love to travel to your wedding!
Please VISIT MY WEBSITE for more wedding information
or
EMAIL ME with questions about my custom wedding collections or to schedule a meeting

 

 

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I’m waiting to hear from you – 
to capture a slice of YOUR sweet life!
 
I am a full time professional photographer based in San Diego, but will travel for weddings. 
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