Wedding planning is a time commitment. There are so many things to take into account and plan that it can be easy to forget some. Knowing where to begin can be tricky since everything is interconnected. Once you have set your budget, it’s time to jump into planning. After all, nobody’s going to forget the venue, dress, or rings. The big parts of wedding planning tend to be in higher demand. If you leave things too late, you may not be able to book exactly what you’d like. Here’s a list to help you plan.
Wedding venues tend to be the most costly purchase of any wedding. In fact, it’s almost always 50% of your total budget. It’s not too surprising that you’re going to want to put a lot of thought into it. However, well-known wedding venues tend to be in extremely high demand. We recommend booking 12-18 months in advance to secure a spot for your chosen wedding date. Having your venue booked early on will also make other aspects of your planning process simpler, as you will be able to visualize where the day is being held and thus how it can pan out. Plus, once you have a venue and ceremony location, you have a date! Until you have a date, you can’t book any other vendors so make this purchase first!
Hiring a photographer may be the most important vendor you hire. After all, the longest lasting memories will come from your photos. Sure, friends and family are likely to take plenty of snaps, but nothing compares to a professional wedding photographer like Andrea Matone. These individuals will be dedicated to shooting your day. They have high-quality equipment, will be able to identify the best angles, can make the most of available lighting, and can also stage requested shots. The best quality photographers are in high demand, so book early!
The cost of catering can vary wildly depending on the number of guests you have. The more mouths you have to feed, the higher the price tag you’re going to be quoted. But again, this is something that you need to arrange early in the planning process, especially if you have a particular or specialist cuisine in mind. Sure, there’s a whole lot to any wedding than the venue, photography, and catering. But if you want to hold the wedding in an ideal location, keep your guests content, and have some brilliant footage to take home with you, then you might want to tick these things off your to-do list first!
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Affectionately known to her friends as Millennial Martha for her love of DIY and decorating, Jen can’t help but pour her heart + soul into everything she touches. She’s loved to entertain since acquiring a table and chairs, and giving gifts is one of her favorite hobbies. Jen is the creator of Girl Meets Party. Her dream is to share her passions with the world in hopes to inspire others by making the seemingly unattainable attainable.