Are you wondering which is the best order to book your wedding vendors?
We are here to help you!
Well, it goes without saying that hiring a wedding planner is a great idea! The truth is that they know pretty much everything about planning a wedding. They can manage your needs according to your budget, give you useful advice and make the whole process stress-free!
However, if you are not able to include a wedding planner in your budget, we are here to advice you. We will save you time from going around in circles or leaving one of them for the last minute.
The right place for your ceremony!
First thing you need to do when planning a wedding, is to find the right place. Whether it is a wedding ceremony or exchange of vows. It could be on a church, a town hall, a place by the sea, or the backyard of your house. It is important to book the right place on time, in order to find the perfect date and time available. You do not want to pick a date and then realise that the venue you chose is not free.
Tip: We suggest you schedule the wedding ceremony an hour through the day when there still is enough light. You will be needing the daylight for your wedding photographs and your wedding video!
The right place for your party!
Second in the order is booking the venue after the wedding ceremony. Following the wedding ceremony, you should book a venue where everyone will get together to celebrate and party. You will need to determine the number of people attending this event in order to find the perfect venue! You have to decide early on what do you expect from the venue to have and accommodate. This way you will be able to discuss it with them in the very first viewing. Many venues have strict rules on what is allowed in their premises and on what the price includes. You do not want to spend a lot of money on expensive tablecloth or napkins. After all, you want your guests to enjoy great quality food and exquisite service. Also, you need to find a venue manager that you can trust to deliver everything according to your needs and avoid dealing with inconveniences and mistakes on the day you are supposed to drink, dance and have a great time!
The best DJ for your party!
What’s next? Choosing your DJ or the live band to entertain your guests and yourselves. This is a very important thing to cross off your to-do list pretty early on. Deciding on whether you will book a live band or a DJ for the wedding party needs to be done as soon as possible in order to be able to determine the music genre you want to go for and the different music tastes you will have to satisfy. It goes without saying that if the music is great, you and your guests will dance, enjoy yourselves and end the day in the most fun way possible! Most people think of the wedding party as the highlight of the wedding day, so you should pay attention to it!
Tip: You should even consider if your budget allows it- to combine a live band, for the first hour of the wedding party, while guests are catching up and enjoy their meal and a DJ to start the party!
The best videographer and photographer!
On number 4 we have the wedding videographer and the wedding photographer. Your wedding day is one of those days that you will remember for ever and you will refer back to it many times throughout the year. Hence, you should find your wedding photographer and videographer as soon as possible. Most of them schedule the weddings that they will be attending the year before, so you will have to hurry up and start your research. You need plenty of time to book an appointment, discuss with them everything regarding your needs, the style of your wedding and what you expect of them. You should always remember that your wedding videographer and your wedding photographer are part of your team! That being said, you should take time and get to know them, feel comfortable with them, and develop a mutual trust.
Tip: Take time to take a thorough look on their website, where they display their work. Possibly take notes of all your questions before meeting them for the very first time.
Last but not least!
Last but not least, is ordering the wedding invitations, the wedding dress, the suit of the groom and all the decoration. The distinct difference between numbers 1 to 4 and number 5 is that when you have to book individual professionals or venues, you have to make sure that they will be available on the specific day. Unlike those, all the wedding decorations, the wedding gown and so on are not really affected by the date. Once you have booked all the other vendors, you will have plenty of time to get to choose the theme of your wedding, the perfect dress, the guest list, the groom’s outfit etc. This is one of the last steps down the line and possibly the least stressful one!