Post # 47
Although not a vendor, my first wedding purchase was my dress. I found "the one" a year and half before the date and bought it with a little more than a year left to go. The next day, I booked our ceremony/reception venue.
Still the two best decisions I’ve made!
Post # 48
Ceremony/reception venue! Gotta have a place before you can have the wedding!
Post # 49
After booking our venue, I booked out photog.
Post # 50
Photographer. Although she offered a good rate at the time, within 5-6 months she increased her prices by $1,000 and decided to stop releasing all photos. I know that I should be thankful to get her for such a good price, but I just wonder how in the world she could increase her prices so much so soon. I thought we were in a recession. Plus, our date, place, and overall vision has changed so much that I don’t need someone for for the full 8 hours as originally planned. Oh well.
Post # 51
The VENUE!!! A Scottish links golf club, located on a bluff over looking the Pacific Ocean in Northern California. Picturesque!
Post # 52
We booked our venue first. It made sense because we picked all of our other vendors in the surrounding area after that!
Post # 53
Not 100% sure…I would have to go look up the dates on the checks. It’s a toss-up between photographer, church, and reception venue.
I guess maybe technically, I had the hair/make-up stylist first, but that’s only because she’s my best friend and one of my BM’s
Post # 54
- Wedding: September 2009 - Barr Mansion
We booked our venue first. Definitely the best decision we made–we still love it even though we booked it over a year early. And it helped us decide on a theme/mood for our wedding, which helped us make other decisions.
Post # 55
Church and reception venue booked first on the same day – photographer a week later.
Post # 56
Our photographer! So far, I adore her…. she’s done our engagement photos but the wedding isn’t til 4/25. I’m sure I’ll be just as happy with those as I am with our e-photos.
Post # 57
Venue (which includes food)
Make-up artist — it was an unexpected "top 3". but i came upon a deal i couldn’t refuse.
that’s it! we’re having it real simple so everything else is DIY.
Post # 58
We booked our venue first and also let their availability be how we selected our date. We didn’t have a single regret about our venue, the location was great, the service we received there far exceeded our expectations, the food was delicious, and everything was at the same place making it very convenient for us and our guests.
After that we booked our photographer because getting a good photographer in Columbus who isn’t booked for your date can sometimes be tricky. Our photographer was awesome and definitely not a choice we regret. We plan to hire him again in the future for family photos.
Post # 59
My cake decorator! As odd as that sounds, I made a list of vendor bookings and whether we had contacts with any or not. I knocked out hair (my cousin owns a salon), makeup (they have make up people), cake (friend is an event planner), DJ (again from event planning friend). The first non-friendor bookings I did were venue and photographer. The venue because our wedding is across the country and we wanted to solidify a date and a photographer because it was important to us. With that being said, I think there is a misconception that all photographers get booked a year in advance and then you’re left with lesser talent which is absolutely not true.
I love our photographer, and wouldn’t have anyone else, but there are photographers who’s work I see now that’s lovely, affordable and still available. My point is, even if photography is one of the most important bookings, unless there’s a big photographer that you know you want to book, you can absolutely wait. Some photographers won’t even take bookings until their new year begins.
Post # 60
I got my dress first (does that count?). Then we booked the venue, which included the ceremony, receptioln, and food. The invites, which I designed, came next, and I confirmed my friend as the photog. The rest has kind of been a rush of things falling into place.
I’d say it’s worth changing your mind and losing a deposit rather than being disappointed with a poor outcome after it’s too late, ESPECIALLY with the photography. You did the right thing.