Post # 1
I have just recently started planning our wedding and wanted to know what you booked after the venue location? Fortunately, we are having a Sunday wedding in about 9 months, so many vendors are still available. Thanks for your advice!
Post # 2
I booked the venue first because that was my primary concern. Venue #1. Caterer #2. DJ & Lighting #3. Florist #4. Photog #5. Basically, after I booked #1 and #2, it gave me a little time to book the other items so those were not deliberately booked in a specific order.
Post # 3
1. Officent/place where you are having the wedding (if not held at the same place) The whole getting married thing is a big part of the day 🙂
2. Caterer if not provided by your venue.
3. Photographer, as in my experience they book fairly fast.
4. DJ if you want one.
Those are my top three, and most everything after this is at least capable of DIYing, or doesn’t need to be present on the day of.
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2014 - Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL & Cheney Mansion, Oak Park, IL
Venue, Church/Officiant, Photographer, DJ, Caterer, Florist
Post # 5
Venue, caterer, photographer, florist. Later on we did the DJ, chair rental, photobooth, etc.
Post # 6
Venue (includes all food and beverages, so that was easy), then photographer, we hmm and hawed about a videographer and then decided against it, DJ, then dress, then florist (I always knew I’d use her, I just had to ask. She’s a relative.) Last we asked the officiant. We had also decided on him early on, but we hadn’t formally booked him until later.
Up next on our list is the cake and the DOC. We’re pretty sure who we’re using for both, we just have to meet with them and book.
Post # 7
- Venue (which included catering, rentals, hotel block, ceremony space)
- Cake (our venue had 3 preferred vendors to choose from)
I DIYed flowers, invites, decor, favors, etc.
Post # 9
2) Venue (includes food/drinks)
3) Cake/Photographer were met with and booked on the same day
4) Hotel block
5) Attire (me and FI + attendants)
8) Hair/makeup- still in progress
We are not doing a DJ, and probably won’t do a videographer to save $. We ordered invites online so I don’t really consider it a ‘vendor’ as we didn’t have to go anywhere or meet with anyone or schedule anything for them to do on the day. We ordered them around the same time as setting up the hotel block since there happened to be a sale. We’ve also picked out our favors but are waiting to order until we start getting some RSVPs so we come as close as possible on #. We also still need to meet with the ceremony musicians, but that’s all through the church so it’s not something we need to shop around for.
Post # 10
We booked the church, the wedding planner, the venue (which does all the food as well), then the photographer and we’ve just started looking into ceremony music and a dj. Our wedding isn’t until next summer so we can’t book a florist for a while yet.
Post # 11
bonbonsparklesMD: Our order was:
Venues and catering
Post # 12
1. Venue (includes food/alcohol/chairs/tables/linens/etc.) and valet parking
2. Church (and officiant)
3. Band (and music for cocktail hour)
5. Guest transportation (trolleys)
6. Flowers (not booked yet, looking next month. Venue isn’t until summer of ’15 so we have time!)
Post # 14
bonbonsparklesMD: Our biggest concern was the venue as its really popular for other events and we wanted to lock it down. Next is our photographer and we plan to have that wrapped up in May. Everything else will be done in time because there are tons of options to choose from.
Post # 15
bonbonsparklesMD: we did the following:
2. Hall (which included the food and alcohol)
4. Limo (we had a very specific company of who we wanted to book with, and a specific type of car (SUV limo), so we wanted to make sure that we confirmed that before others)
5. DJ (We did this after the limo, because dj companies and hall are partnered together, so if we went with the in-house dj company, which we did, we would have been promised their services, as they must accept the clients at the in-house locations before they do outside clients)
6. Flowers and Decor (dealt with both at the same time but different locations)
We basically started with the vendors who could only book 1-2 weddings per day, and we made sure we got those first, the other vendors like flowers and decor, we knew that they could do multiple weddings in the day so we waited a bit there.