(Closed) What was the first vendor you booked?

posted 11 years ago in Beehive
Post # 17
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - Harbison Chapel & The Maple Lane Farm

Our Baker!  

I love cake and when I discovered Wendy Kromer (she does a one of takes for Martha’s Wedding Magazine) was near our wedding location I JUMPED at the chance to have her do our cake.  We did a tasting 2 months into our 16 month engagement.  We don’t have a huge budget but her prices are reasonable and having a fabulous cake was a must for me!

Post # 18
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2008

We book our reception venue first since competition tends to be really stiff in NYC.

Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

venue –> band –> photographer –> videographer –> florist –> officiant –>DOC–>hair & makeup (Waited way too long on this one for NYC!)

Post # 20
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Helper bee

Venue then caterer then photographer, I think.

Not a regret for any of them!

Post # 21
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2020

If not counting the reception venue, we booked our awesome band who generally got booked pretty quickly.  I think it was literally the week after we put a deposit on the venue! We already had them in mind though…..

Post # 22
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

We booked out church first then reception venue. Our church fills up fast so we wanted to make sure our date was reserved for us early!!

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009 - University of Michigan Union

Venue! Well, actually, officiant. But he’s our friend, not a vendor. 🙂

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - St. Catherine of Genoa, Jin Asian Cuisine Restaurant

Our venue… followed shortly after by our photographer. 🙂

Post # 25
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Buzzing bee

Well, the day after I got engaged my mom called our photographer (he did my sister’s wedding and I swear my mom makes commissions off referring him).  We sort of worked with dates that he was free.  Technically we booked our venue, church, band, and photographer (if you could booking as signing the contract…)

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Our venue. We booked two years pre-wedding, one week after our engagement. I hope we don’t regret it, we have a year and a half to go, but I think it is perfect and don’t see any reason why I may regret it.

Post # 27
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Blushing bee

We booked our venue first.  I wanted to lock in our date and get the best value for our money, so we thought the venue was most important.  After that, we booked the photographer.

Post # 28
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Photographer first (who is a friend)… and then he forced me to hurry up and book a venue to make it official so that I don’t change the date on him since he was getting a few requests for the same date.  I am thankful he did because I would have put it off for a long time.  I love both of our picks so far!

Post # 29
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2005 - Westside Loft, New York

venue! then wedding dress.  we only had 6 months.

Post # 30
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010 - The Pearl S. Buck House

We booked the venue.. then found out my FHs family’s Rabbi books up even faster and wasn’t available (2 years out!). So our venue graciously switched our date for us. Now we have our venue and Rabbi… still seeking a Priest who will co-officiate, but I’m happy where we are so far.

Post # 31
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Same as Mrs. Penguin, we booked our photographer right away then regretted it later on. 

There was one particular photog that I loved, but she was out of budget so I went with one who was just okay, but within our budget.  I still stalked our dream photog’s blog as the months passed and her pricing went up.  Eventually, my DH couldn’t take it anymore and said we should book her, rather than have regrets.

We, too, ended up letting our first photographer go and lost our deposit.  However, changing photographers was the best wedding related decision we made, for sure.

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