Post # 1
My wedding is just over 2 years away although we’ve already booked some of the main things like venue, photographer, videographers, band/DJ. I’m so eager to put deposits down for makeup/hair and a decor company to dress our venue for us because I know these things book up fast.
The MUA I’ve been speaking to was great at emailing me back to begin with. I initially asked her for a quote for hair & makeup but then decided to book her just for makeup and go with someone else for hair. She said it was fine to book 5 people for makeup only so I emailed her to ask for her bank details so I could pay the deposit and double-check that it meets her minumum spend and that she won’t need to bring an assistant….that was 2 weeks ago! Admittedly she has just moved house and said not to worry if her replies are slow over the next few weeks because she won’t have internet (completely understandable!) – BUT she has been active on social media making posts etc. I emailed her last week saying I was eager to get the date secured in her diary and I hope the house move went well. Still no reply 8 days later. idk if I’m expecting too much….I know my wedding is 2 whole years away and her priority is her upcoming brides, but is it unreasonable to have expected a response by now? Part of me thinks she might not want to take my booking because she’d prefer to have a bigger booking with hair and makeup, but i’ve literally given her the opportunity to say so by asking about minimum numbers!
Similarly I’m waiting for a response from a florist I emailed last Monday. Again, her initial responses were really fast but when I emailed her to ask about a quote for another item I didn’t get a response. I emailed her again 2 days ago to check her delivery and setup costs but she hasn’t replied yet either.
I’m also waiting on a response from a decor company I’ve been emailing. They’re responses up until last week were great and they always replied the same day, but I asked for a quote on an extra item 5 days ago and haven’t had a response yet.
I need honest opinions please bees – am I just being neurotic?! Part of me thinks these people should be jumping at the chance to secure a booking and getting some deposit money, but I need to remember my wedding is 2 years away and their whole lives don’t revolve around them responding to my emails…
Post # 2
Yes, your wedding is over 2 years away and most vendors won’t even book you at that far out.
You can usually book bigger vendors that far out, but makeup/hair artists, cake bakers, etc. I’ve never heard of booking them THAT far in advance.
Post # 3
I was planning my wedding two years in advance too, and yes, I agree it’s hard for vendors to take you seriously! I still don’t have official bookings yet, but I am “penciled in”. They say it’s way too soon to create a contract so get back to them by x month.
Things started changing once I hired a wedding planner. I think vendors started to take me more serious, and she was eager to get everything done in 3 months (some minor things still need done but major stuff is completed).
I would ask your vendors if they don’t get back to you something like: “if it’s too soon to create a contract, what is the soonest date you are accepting books for x 2019?”.
Post # 4
MissAnon_UK : I kind of think you are being a little too eager. People reacted this way with me also when my wedding was a year and a few months away. I would only focus on booking the venue at this time. That way you can get an exact date and work on your save the dates. Some of other stuff like hair, makeup, florist, cake can wait till about 10 months prior. The good thing is that what you can do now is get together your guest list and addresses and work on a save the date. This was the most time consuming thing for me so I would suggest working on that if you want to dive into wedding planning. You could also do cake tastings and mutlple bridal dress appointments and really get to browse before you book. I think a year / 10 months is a time to really dive in though not 2 years ahead. I would only reserve the venue only.
Post # 5
My sister is a MUA and she hates booking out too early. I say focus on big ticket items like the venue. But hair and makeup can wait.
Post # 6
beevincent18 : Agreed. With those smaller vendors too, they’re going to be less likely to want to book you that far in advance because usually they’re going to be updating/raising their rates every year (or every couple years).
I know you’re excited but you need to relax and slow down a bit. You have plenty of time and I guarantee most of these vendors will be more responsive when your wedding is closer.
Post # 7
MissAnon_UK : Yeah, I think you’re expecting a bit much 2 YEARS out. I got married 4 months after getting engaged, and had all the vendors I wanted (and this was in the summer, downtown Chicago). Granted, 4 months is less time than most people would like to have to plan, but it was fine for me.
I’m just saying you have PLENTY of time. Vendors don’t want to book stuff and then have brides bugging them for 2 years. I’m sure being bugged for a year is enough.
Post # 8
Thanks so much bees! I think I just panicked because I contacted my favourite MUA a few weeks ago and she’s already booked on my date! So she obviously books over 2 years in advance! But you’ve made me realise that’s not the norm so I’m going to take a step back and try not to worry if I don’t get quick responses from people xx
Post # 9
Even when my wedding was 3 DAYS AWAY I still had issues with vendors emailing me back. It was constantly an issue throughout my wedding planning which was 2.5 years. It’s just something that happens.
Post # 10
I noticed the same thing too when booking.. if somebody didn’t respond to me ASAP I just went and found somebody else. On the wedding day, if something goes wrong and you need to contact them you do not want somebody who doesn’t reply right away. Everyone I went with would reply instantly whenever I emailed or texted them asking them something and I was very happy I decided to go with people like that. Like, it is THEIR business and they should make me want to be a client, it shouldnt be me waiting around for them to decide they want my money. I seriously emailed so many companies when booking and would only continue to communicate with the ones who replied asap everytime