Many people debate on how far out you should be booking your wedding vendors. In this blog post I am going to break down in our thoughts how far out you should be booking your wedding vendors in order to secure the best vendors at the ideal rates!
So first lets talk about the wedding venue(s). When you are planning your wedding it is super important to book your wedding venue first. Many people are dead set on having their day be in the church of their dreams, but it isn't always possible. Popular wedding venues book out at least a year in advance, so its important to select your location quickly so you'll be sure to be the first one trying to reserve the space. If you are planning on working with a wedding planner, now might be a good time to start looking as well!
A wedding planner can take a lot of the stress out of your day, booking one that you like early is critical to getting the most out of a wedding planner experience. Allowing them plenty of time, 11+ months, to plan the details will allow for your wedding day to run as smooth as possible. Your wedding planner will be able to coordinate with you and their preferred vendors and will begin booking flowers, cakes, and food about 9-10 months away from the wedding date.
10 months is also a good time frame to start booking your media coverage. Photographers and videographers can be rather sought after during the busy wedding seasons, so getting at them early will ensure that you book the creative specialists you really want to be capturing your day. Always remember that you get what you pay for, so definitely don't cheap out in this section to save a few bucks. Your media coverage is one of the few things from your wedding day that you'll always want to look back on, so invest in vendors here that are professional and know how to capture your day. I've seen way to many people have their cousin shoot the video for free, then the couple is too embarrassed to even share it to friends.