Post # 1
I am in the beginning stages of wedding planning. I have my dress but I am so clueless as to what vendors should be picked and paid for first. I have interviewed 3 stationary companies and are waiting back for quotes and I have a ceremony and reception location. But what to you bees think I should book this early? Photographer? Caterer? Florist? Etc. How would you arrange the vendor pickings?
Post # 3
You can’t really have a wedding without food so I would suggest starting with the caterer. After that, the photographer and entertainment would be the next most important things to book.
Post # 4
I started with the Church, the reception area (if it’s not in the same spot), and my dress. Of course I still haven’t found the reception area but I’m looking hard. Haha
Post # 5
After drawing up ‘first draft guestlists’ with Fiance (and your parents and his if you wish), look at what sort of #s you’re facing and what your total will be. From there I’d look at ceremony locations and reception halls, because I found sometimes one I loved was available on 1 day of the month, and the reception hall was only available the next weekend. Lining up those two sucked the most I think (but here reception halls have in-house caterers, so I didn’t have to research that separately). From there the music/photog will be easier, and the printers/invites will be easier as well since you’ll have a guess at the total number of guests and how many invites you’ll need.
Post # 6
I would start with booking the venues. There’s a chance you won’t be able to find any venues that you like open on your date, and that could change lots of things.
Post # 7
I think the venue (both ceremony and reception) are the most important things to nail down. This sets your date and also lets yo know whether you have to get an outside caterer or whether you have to use their in-house catering. After venue, I’d go with a photographer (they get booked fast – especially for Saturday events). And then entertainment (especially if you want something live). There are great wedding planning books!
Post # 8
First thing we did was book the ceremony/reception site. It’s a restaurant so that takes care of catering as well.
Next major thing we booked was our photographer.
Now we’re looking into entertainment/DJ.
I also have someone to do my flowers already (a coworker who also owns a floral design bonus and is giving me a discount)
Post # 9
Thanks for the advice ladies!
1.) Ceremony Venue- I already have (and for free!) Getting married at the United States Air Force Academy chapel!
2.) Reception Venue- I have this as well..this great contemporary Arts Center in Colorado springs. The only problem is that it is in the courtyard, so we have to rent EVERYTHING from the tent to the silverware..
3.) I bought my dress..waiting for it to come in to the store
4.) We are currently narrowing down which vendor we want to use for invites and stationary. We are inviting only 50 guests so there is no question in the amount of invites. We also want the design to start with the invite and end with the reception and for it to be cohesive. We are ordering custom invites which is a long process so I am glad we started this early!
5.)Sounds like we should book the caterer! The venue only allows certain caterers so we only have 2 to narrow down from and then book!
6.)Book photographer? I heard they book up REALLY REALLY fast! I am worried that when I am able to come up with the deposit they will be booked already 🙁 I have someone specific I want to do our wedding.
7.)Florist! I have a really simple design for the florist, so hopefully this won’t be too tasking!
It does NOT help that I am planning a Colorado wedding from Florida and California… 🙁 I kinda need to go there ASAP to taste the food and see the flowers and portfolios…
Post # 10
You won’t be mailing invitations or know the details of your ceremony until a little later. It’s great that you’re on top of that, but I wouldn’t book a stationer now and forfit that money for the photography/catering. Good photographers book a year in advance, so you should probably search for one now. Since they only allow two different catering companies you should look at them to see which one you prefer.
Post # 11
@Karissa: We communicated with our photographer for a couples months before actually booking. I made it clear we were working on the money, and that I understood he couldn’t block the date, but to please let us know if anyone else was inquiring about that day and we would try to rush. It all worked out, and we locked him in with the deposit 7 months in advance.
Post # 12
@Miss OBG: I have communicated with my preferred photographer also. She seems really nice and accommodating, I think I will try and let her know we are working on the money. Thanks 🙂
Post # 13
@kperry3: Good idea with the caterer! I think I know which I prefer but I will try to set up tastings with both. In terms of invitations, I knew I wanted a custom design with lots of elements that are unusual (for instance I want metal work..) so we opted to look for a stationer first and I am glad that we did because with the drafts and approvals and quotes and the actual construction of the invitation, they will potentially take a year to make! I think I am going to definitely book the photographer next though!
Post # 14
2) Caterer (some can only go to some venues)
3) Photographers and officiant
4) Cake Baker ( at least 6 months prior)
Flowers can be done up to about 2 months before to give yourself lots of time 🙂
Post # 15
@xxjessmicaxx: Great! I was looking for someone to lay out like this for me! lol I will be booking my photographer in march and caterer next month!