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.

Photography Tips for Your Wedding

Your wedding photos tell an important story. They capture the romance, laughter, and joy shared on your wedding day. Work in sync with your photographer to create the perfect timeline for your album by following these easy tips.

Commination is key.
Before your wedding day, meet with your photographer to clearly communicate your vision. Do you imagine photos full of guests celebrating on the dance floor with you? Would you rather focus on the romance and the sweet moments shared with your new hubby? Perhaps you prefer a mix of both. Some brides choose candid shots over the formally staged moments. Wherever your preferences lie, be clear in your communication. It helps when all parties are on the same page.

Focus on the big moments.
While it is important to capture small moments throughout the day (like the ten-year-old romance that bloomed on the dance floor) let your photo album highlight the big events. Determine the top four or five elements where you want your photographer to shift focus. It could be saying your vows, cutting the cake, the first dance, throwing the bouquet, or the heart-felt toast before dinner. Whatever moments you choose, assign a feature page in your album to showcase these actions. Forming a fluid story is easier to follow than a book of scattered photos.

Mix it up.
Wherever your preferences lie, be sure to include a little variety. Even if you prefer the candid shots, do not miss the opportunity to incorporate a formal family picture while everyone is together.  Your photographer is a professional with the knowledge and experience to catch the irreplaceable moments of your day. Trust their creative abilities. You will be pleased with an assortment of memories.

Photo Ideas for Fall

Fall is a popular time of year to tie the knot, or just take scenic photos for your upcoming wedding. Now, the summer heat has finally subsided, and nature has created its very own picturesque backdrop. No doubt this is the best time of year to get outdoors and create those fantastic photo memories.

Engagement Ideas

If you and your beau are planning to take engagement photos, this is the best time of year to catch a few lighthearted candid moments. Yes, romantic photos are perfect for the album, but the memories of the two of you playing in nature is sure to spark extra joy. Roll around in the leaves and climb a tree together. Just spend a day having fun and let the photographer do the work. The best photo opportunities happen when you aren’t thinking about the camera.

Save the Date

It makes no difference what time of year you plan to get hitched; Fall is the perfect time of year to create a romantic and sweet Save the Date card. The crisp air gives you an excuse to cozy up together and be romantic. Once you snap the perfect photo, print them onto a save the date card and send them off!

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Wedding Memories

If you are getting married during the Fall months, take your wedding party outside for posed pictures. Most photographers allow time before the reception for this to take place. You may want some indoors or at the altar, but if you mix them in with outdoor shots your wedding album will have an amazing mix.  

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