Order of Vendors: Which did you book 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc…

posted 3 years ago in Logistics
Post # 2
3735 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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
2792 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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
123 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, IL & Cheney Mansion, Oak Park, IL

Venue, Church/Officiant, Photographer, DJ, Caterer, Florist

Post # 5
6964 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Venue, caterer, photographer, florist. Later on we did the DJ, chair rental, photobooth, etc.

Post # 6
2414 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

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
8388 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013
  1. Venue (which included catering, rentals, hotel block, ceremony space)
  2. Photographer
  3. Cake (our venue had 3 preferred vendors to choose from)
  4. Dj
  5. Officiant

I DIYed flowers, invites, decor, favors, etc.

Post # 8
175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Church, Venue, Caterer 

Post # 9
479 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

1) Church/officiant

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)

6) Florist

7) Transportation

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
176 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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
5392 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

bonbonsparklesMD:  Our order was:

Venues and catering







Post # 12
2264 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

1. Venue (includes food/alcohol/chairs/tables/linens/etc.) and valet parking

2. Church (and officiant)

3. Band (and music for cocktail hour)

4. Photographer

5. Guest transportation (trolleys)

6. Flowers (not booked yet, looking next month. Venue isn’t until summer of ’15 so we have time!)

Post # 13
9859 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

We booked:







Post # 14
1028 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

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
1158 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

bonbonsparklesMD:  we did the following:

1. Church

2. Hall (which included the food and alcohol)

3. Photographer

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)

7. Cake

8. Invitations


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.

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