Order for Hiring Wedding Vendors

Planning a successful wedding happens over a period of time. For those who appropriate organization, this is your time to shine! The more methodical and organized you are with your approach, the easier it will be to pull everything together for the big day.

While there is no single order that a couple must follow when hiring wedding vendors, here are a few things to consider when assembling your wedding team, including practical order you can follow for hiring the right people.

  1. Wedding Planner
    If you plan on hiring a wedding planner, this is the first call you should make. Your wedding is an important event, and you will want someone on your side who will help take care of details and bring your vision to life. They are a great resource for securing other vendors and walking you through an appropriate planning timeline.
  2. Photographer or Videographer
    We recommend finding someone to take photos and videos immediately after securing your planner. Right now, vendors with talent in this area are booking fast. Since your wedding will be an emotional time filled with laughter and joy, you want to secure the right person to creatively capture memories of this day.
  3. Music Vendor
    Music can bring a wedding reception to life. You’ll want to find someone who can make their own playlist with a good mix of music and will keep the party lively. They may also be the person who announces important events such as cutting the cake, throwing the bouquet, and the first dance. It is appropriate that you are particular with who you choose to hire.
  4. Officiant
    Next, look for someone to officiate the ceremony. Your wedding officiant is responsible for reviewing the order of service, the readings, music selections, and vows.
  5. Caterer
    If a caterer is not already included with your venue, hire someone around nine months prior to your event. Find a vendor who offers a variety of selections and is willing to be flexible with menu choices.
  6. Cake
    Next, find a baker and plan a date for tasting! Yes, wedding cakes are beautiful, but we want you to find someone who will create one of the right size, color, and taste.
  7. Florist
    Close to the five-month mark before your wedding, search for a wedding florist. You may want to customize a few items, and this will allow time for them to plan and prepare. We suggest you find a florist who is knowledgeable, confident, and has experience with weddings.
  8. Others
    Once the vendors listed above are secure, search for someone to help with invitations, hair and make-up, transportation, or anything else you need help with on your wedding day. Ask your coordinator for a list of vendors who can help you with the small details and for ideas they have taken from past events that they have organized.

Steps for Finding the Perfect Wedding Dress

Now that you are engaged, are you dreaming of finding your wedding dress?

If you are eager to hit the bridal shop to try on different styles and find the picture-perfect fit, then this timeline can help you determine when it is best to gather your support team and start shopping.

When should you try on dresses?
It is essential to understand that finding and fitting the right wedding dress is a process. Your dress will need to be ordered, shipped, altered, and pressed before your wedding date. Some dresses are made to order, and it can take up to six months to piece together. But, even if you are purchasing off the rack, it is likely you will still need time to make adjustments.

With this in mind, we recommend you begin dress shopping as soon as you have secured the venue. Ideally, you will have eight to ten months for find your dress and have it returned and ready to wear on the big day.

What are the steps for finding the right dress?
Since selecting the right dress is more than simply hitting the store and buying what you like, we have created a simple timeline set you on the right shopping path.

  1. Choose a style. You may already have a style in mind but do some online research and purchase and peruse a few bridal magazines. Trends change year to year, and you may find yourself leaning towards a look that you want to try first. It makes your trip to the bridal shop more efficient when you already have an idea of what you like. Although, we do recommend you try on a few varying styles, you may be surprised with what you fall in love with!
  2. Choose your budget. Decide how much of your wedding budget you plan to spend on your dress. Remember to add in taxes, shipping costs, alterations, and the added cost of your veil and accessories.
  3. Set an appointment. Many bridal boutiques will require and appointment to try on gowns. It is likely that they will have an attendant available to walk you through the process, so they need to have you on the schedule to provide the best possible service.
  4. Make your purchase and allow time for your dress to be created and packaged for shipping.
  5. Once your dress has arrived, make an appointment to try it on and determine what needs to be altered.
  6. After the final alterations, have your dress steamed or professionally pressed and hung in a sealed bag until your wedding date.