So you’ve made a start! You have your guest list, budget, aesthetic and venue ticked off - but what next?
If you missed it, I’ve taken you through the first steps of planning your wedding in a year with 12 months to go (or more).
Wedding Asethetic - tick, Budget - tick, Venue - tick. What next?
Book your photographer
You ideally need to book your photographer as soon as possible. Many photographers get booked way in advance. Really take a look at the photographers style and character - will you feel comfortable with them on the day? Is their photography style something that you would happily frame in your house? Most photographers will also offer to meet prior to your wedding or offer an engagement shoot - this is ideal to build a rapport with your photographer and get used to being in front of the camera.
Book a DJ or band
Another category of vendors who get booked up quickly! Again do your research again about the style of music that your DJ and band enjoy - does it match your vibe? Also, explore when you would like entertainment throughout the day - most entertainment vendors have packages and suggested timelines that can work into your day seamlessly.
Book catering or additional food vendors
Most of the time this isn’t something you need to worry about as the venue has this covered! However, sometimes, you will need to arrange this. If you are a bit of a foodie, you might even want to have an ice cream cart, dessert table or cheese fondue! Whatever tickles your taste buds. (Note: check with your venue before booking as some have additional terms and conditions regarding outsourcing food and drink).
If you haven’t already, book that florist!
Florists also get booked up quickly for key season dates - so if you have your heart set on a florist speak to them as soon as you have your theme and venue. Don’t worry if you don’t have it all figured out, your florist can help you! I have lots of hints and tips over on my “When Should I Book My Wedding Florist?” blog post.
Stay tuned for the next steps of How To Plan a Wedding in a Year: 8 - 9 months to go!
In the meantime, get in touch for a friendly chat about creating the perfect flowers for your wedding.