Post # 1
Can you give me a generalization of how far in advance I should be booking the venue, DJ, catering, sending out invites, cake, dress, flowers….? And anything else I may have missed. Is there anything I should know as a first that bride that we wouldn’t even have known to think of? For example, I would have never known about having meals for the photographer and DJ, if it was’nt for reading others post. Any advice about planning a wedding will help. Thank you!
Post # 3
You should join Theknot.com. They have an awesome wedding checklist to help you along the way
Post # 4
Most venues book well past a year, I would start with that. Also if you go on weddingwire.com they have a pretty good checklist of when you need to do things.
Post # 5
Great! I will check those websites out. Thanks!
Post # 6
If your wedding is in October next year then I think now is a good time to start. I booked my venues 8 months in advance and I started everything else 5 months in advance, but I didn’t want my wedding to take over my whole life for too long.
Post # 7
I would say start as soon as you can….we tried booking a photographer a year and a half out and he was already booked. It doesn’t hurt to be ahead of schedule!
Post # 8
Depending on your location, you may need to work a bit ahead of the timelines on the knot and wedding wire – I got engaged in May and our wedding is next Sept, but a lot of photographers, officiants and bands are already booked.
Post # 9
The venue we want to book is 3 hours away and the dress I fell in love with is in oklahoma city. I live in los angeles. So I know I have to go there soon.
Post # 11
I also like weddingwire because it’s great to look up vendors and you can read real reviews from other brides.
I looked at venues in July and August online and then went to look at them in person in August, decided at the end of August and just put down a deposit the other week. Wedding is in almost a year. The venue told me they are almost full now for September 2013. I also already have my photographer.
The venue and photographer were the most important things for me and I wasn’t willing to change my date, so I wanted to book them early! I would say get started now and put down a deposit for a venue and anything else where you are set on a specific vendor.
Post # 12
How much deposit do you normally need to put down to book a venue? photographer and so on…
Post # 13
deposits depend on the vendor and can vary drastically. For example, Fiance and I are meeting with four different photographers who are all in the 2-3k price range. Deposits vary from $250 – 1k. Our reception venue will be a $500 deposit, our ceremony venue requires payment in full (1k).
Overall, while those timelines are helpful, I think you and your Fiance need to prioritize what’s important to you and book based on that (within reason). For example, Fiance and I only want our reception one place – we’re not even looking anywhere else. We’re going to put down a deposit 20 months out. Photography is also really important, so we’re planning on signing a contract 19 months out. A DJ isn’t as important to us, so we’re going to wait a while.
FWIW, when Fiance and I got engaged in early June, we thought about an early June wedding for the next year, or even a September wedding. I contacted three photographers and the venues we wanted and they were all booked for all the Saturdays in both months – a year and 18 months out. It really depends on the area, though.
Post # 14
Thank for that info. The great thing about the venue we want to book is that, everything is there. Its an 1880s hotel. .Original western vintage look. With some modern upgrades, of course. Its going to be outside, so they can set up the ceremony and reception area besides each other. And outside and inside the hotel, there’s beautiful areas to take out pictures. The venue is first booking priority. My friend is a professional photohrapher and his going to be our photographer. I got lucky on that one. lol
Post # 15
We booked our venue 22 months out with a $1000 deposit. Places here book up pretty fast. We also booked a photographer early with a $900 deposit because he was giving an amazing promotional deal from a wedding expo.
Post # 16
I second Weddingwire.com
I used their guest list manager, their timeline, their check list, their wedding website, their seating chart, everything. It was awesome and helped me SO much with staying organized