Here are some of the vendors a typical wedding has.
This one is a given but maybe the most important one. You need to have a place to celebrate and not only that, you want a place that reflects your personality, aesthetic, and values.
Coordinator or Planner
You wouldn’t believe the weight a planner will take off your shoulders when it comes to planning your big day. Having someone that has done all this before is a huge game changer. Even if it’s not the full package and only the day of or month before we think they are a must have vendor.
Kind of an important one to remember if you plan on getting married. Having an officiant that you both are familiar with is important so make sure to book them at least
Photographer and Videographer
These are also a must. A good photographer and videographer are worth their weight in gold. The moments they capture are incredibly important to you and you don’t want to end up with blurry, dark and unflattering images. These guys are a must have to tell your story.
Band or DJ
You may have a favorite band you want to see play on your wedding night or someone who can read a room and set the perfect mood. Make sure to book these vendors 9-12 months before the wedding to make sure they’re available.
Shortly after you’ve booked your venue and planner, start seriously considering your wedding caterer. You’re going to want to have this ready 9-10 months before your saved date. Also make sure to make time to do a tasting before booking.
If you plan on having a lot of florals in your wedding we highly recommend a florist. They will be able to manage a high volume and give you the best price for your florals. You’ll want to have your venue nailed down before you hire your florist so you know what kind of décor you’ll need. Begin screening candidates about 9-12 months before the wedding.
We’re gonna be straight with you. It might seem like a good idea to DIY all your decorations 12 months before the wedding to save some money but you’re most likely not going to have the time. We highly recommend hiring a decorator because they will already have the supplies and know-how to pull off the wedding of your dreams even on a budget. Especially if the décor is the most important element of the wedding for you or you’re trying to pull off a very specific theme or you have a million wedding style ideas that you can’t narrow down.
Unless you have the culinary skills of a master chef we suggest you leave the cake to the professionals, especially if it’s a large wedding. They will bake you the cake of your dreams using their professional background. Jus make sure and do your tasting and booking about 9 months in advance.
Chances are you don’t have a ton of extra tables, chairs, and decor items that match your wedding them. Most of the time it makes more sense to rent those items rather than buy them and have to figure out what to do with them after your big day.
If a photobooth or another service that we didn’t mention here is a top priority for you we recommend hiring out. It almost always pays off to have someone with the experience to do the hard work for you so you can have peace of mind on and leading up to the big day.
If you want to see some of our preferred vendors go here.