the first 5 to book for your wedding
So you’re looking at wedding vendors, huh? Congratulations! I know this can seem mighty overwhelming at times, so my best advice is to start with the vendors who need to be booked first.
You’ll soon learn that there are 5 principal vendors that you’ll need to start researching at the start of wedding planning. I call this group ‘The First Five‘ and they make up the vendors that 1) tend to book-up earliest in advance, and 2) who will be the most supportive + engaging throughout the planning process.
So, let's take a look at ‘The First Five’: who they are and why it’s so darn important to contact them early!!
And *yes!!* these are in a particular order!!
1. the wedding planner
I’m willing to bet that the first questions you asked yourself when starting to plan were: 1) who are the best vendors in the city; 2) which of those vendors falls within our budget; and 3) which vendors will give us the best experience?
Planners know these things, and MORE. Who better to reach out to than an experienced planner to start your search for venues, photographers, caterers etc. on the right foot.
Think about this for a second: if you don’t hire a planner/coordinator for your wedding day, who will the day-of decisions & tasks fall on? The likely answer is 1) your mother, 2) your photographer, or – worst of all – 3) YOU!! Please, oh please, don’t let it be you! A highly rated local planner and coordinator is The Event Planner out of Huntsville! Also in high demand, so I recommend booking the minute you have chosen your date!
2. the venue
Securing your venue not only means we can get the ball rolling for envisioning the look and feel of your day; it means you officially have a DATE!! This is key for booking any other wedding vendors as we’ll need to be sure that we have your date available before any further commitments are made.
3. the photographer
If you haven’t heard this already, you should know that photographers book up early and quickly for the following Summer. Most photographers tend to accept bookings about a year to a year-and-a-half in advance. It’s not uncommon for them to start booking Summer weddings for the following year in early January, so my best advice to you is to reach out and inquire with photographers as soon as you’ve booked your venue
4. the decorator
So you’ve booked your venue, and your vision is starting to come together!! Congrats!! But what about the theme? The colours? The styles? Many brides have troubles starting this next stage of planning, and I totally get that! After all, how are you going to choose the bridesmaids’ dresses without choosing your colors? Or know what style of flowers or cake to order without understanding this vision for the decor?
If you are lucky enough to find the right planner...they will also be your decorator, so book them and count your blessings! Chances are, a good planer will be at your venue early to set up the decor and oversee the events of the morning and are the point of contact person for most of your vendor and they’ll already know your entire timeline.
5. the videographer
When I first started in this industry, I noticed a trend: brides tended to overlook the need for a videographer, or booked their videographers as a last minute decision (big, big mistake on my part, as I know it would have been a huge regret to not have these moments on video!!). Nowadays, on the other hand, videographers are becoming more and more popular and as a result are booking up much sooner in advance.