It’s that time of year! Our brides are in full wedding planning mode! Throughout the year we will be bringing back our Wedding Planning Wednesday articles. We’ve made updates and changes to all of the themes based on our real life experience while planning our own wedding last year plus insider tips from the best wedding planners, vendors and our past brides input! Today we’ll start with the all-important wedding planning timeline.
When planning your wedding there are certain things you must consider before you begin booking your vendors. First and foremost:
Pick a Date, Choose a Venue:
We put these two together because we found that they both go hand-in-hand. You may have your perfect location in mind but it may already be booked on the date you plan to host your event. Or the opposite may be true. Remain flexible and open minded. If possible put together a list of your top three dates and top three venues and you’ll be more likely to find a match! Also understand the seasons; doing a outdoor wedding in July may not work but a 2PM outdoor wedding in October may be perfect.
Obviously this one is near and dear to our hearts. Choose a photographer that fits your style and captures your day how you want it remembered. Remember, you’ll spend more time with your photographer than you will with anyone else on your big day. Find someone that you are comfortable with who provides high quality impactful finished products and results.
Food! Choose your Caterer
Food tastings was by far one of our most favorite things to do simply because it was an activity we were all interested in. We were able to quickly narrow down our choices and pick a vendor that fit our needs well. Ask your vendor for modern variations of food preparations and adding unique elements to the menu. Keep it fun and keep it fresh.
One word, Pinterest (if you need an invite shoot us an e-mail)! This tool has made life easier for brides all across the universe! Find pictures, colors and prints that inspire you and create your own wedding board. Share your board with your décor team to help your dream become your wedding reality!
A great hair and makeup artist can go a long way. Figure out how many people in your bridal party will need professional hair and makeup. When you book your artist make sure you ask how many people they come with and how long it takes for the bride and each additional person. It took my hair and makeup artist 4 hours to get me ready for my ceremony alone but it only took 1 hour to get my mother ready. Artists can spend anywhere from 2-6 hours getting the bride ready so make sure you get this information before you begin planning your wedding day timeline.
Other vendors to consider:
-Extras including a candy table, fireworks, and ice sculptures
Remember, most vendors start getting booked about a year out. Give yourself plenty of time to plan your big day and if you need help do not hesitate to delegate!!