Last Wednesday I posted the first 3 things I think you should determine when planning your wedding (# of guests, budget and location to boil it down for ya!). Today I am adding to this list to help keep you prioritized and on-track so grab your wedding binder or a file folder and get planning!
Cross these off of your to-do list 8-10 months before the big day or sooner if you can:
–Invite friends and family members to be a part of your wedding party. Budget tip: A smaller wedding party can be a bit more budget-friendly than a large wedding party.
–Hire a wedding planner if you plan to do so. You can do this before exploring wedding venues or after you’ve selected your location depending on how much help you think you’ll need. You may book a site that has an on-site coordinator who can help you with many of the day-of details, but keep in mind this is different than a wedding planner who will offer a more detail-oriented service and see you through additional aspects of the planning process.
–Interview potential florists, photographers, videographers, bands, DJs, bar services and caterers to get an idea of how pricing and personalities will match up. You should hire vendors as soon as possible to ensure your first choice is available, however you shouldn’t feel rushed into your decisions either.
I suggest you start by interviewing 2 vendors in each category if you don’t already have one clear choice in mind. Sometimes the first person you meet will be the right fit and other times you may need to explore 3 or more options to find your match. The important thing is that you feel comfortable with the vendors you choose. If you need a referral ask the vendors you think are the most talented who they like to work with.
What’s the been the biggest/best decision you’ve made for your wedding so far?