So the past two weeks we have got into the beginning process of starting to plan your wedding 12-9 months before the big day. This week we are going to start moving right along into things a little further down the road, say 9-7 months before the wedding. So buckle up ladies! Things are moving, shaking, and getting hectic!!!
If you need to catch up, here are the previous weeks posts;
8. Research! Research! Research!– By this point you have probably done so much googling and pinning that your thumbs have fallen off. But get those bad boys reattached and get at it one more time! This is the point were you will want a pretty good outlined plan of almost all of your vendors, colors, photog, videog, dress style, all of the goodies. You can always make adjustments where needed, but (almost) finalizing your research and selecting your top two to three vendors from each category (just in case one is booked) will clear the way for you to have much less screen time closer to the big day.
9. Hire a photographer/videographer– OK, full disclosure. It killed me to not place this as numero uno in week one and to not make the whole dang series all about photography. But I refrained. Because seriously, the whole point of this series is to (hopefully) help brides see that planning a wedding, while time consuming, is manageable. Not to promote myself and my business. So this chunk is going to be informative and non biased, I swear! You honestly could choose a photographer/videographer earlier in the wedding planing process. Because like your venue, they can only handle one wedding per day, and tend to fill up prime days quickly. Now when you’re checking out photographers (and honestly any other vendors) one thing I do recommend is meeting with them in person! Make sure that you love not only their work but them as a person! Because they will literally be with you ALL DAY!
10. Book Officiant– You ready for another wedding day horror story from yours truly? I’ve got a lot! With our own wedding, we decided early on that we would have a family member become ordained and marry us. Which was wonderful in thought. But about a few weeks before the wedding, when the nerves of speaking in front of a crowd started setting in, we suddenly needed a new plan. LUCKILY, I have one dang amazing sister-in-law who stepped in, before even telling me the news, and miraculously found a replacement officiant on crazy short notice! So book this ahead of time (laugh cry emoji for days)
11. Order and Send Save The Dates- With save the dates, you have two windows to choose. If your whole family is local, and will not be needing to travel far for the wedding, you could send them as late as 4 months before the wedding. If you have a lot of out of town guests coming from all over, 12-8 months is a good idea to have them sent by. A lot of couples want to have an engagement photo included with the save the dates. If that is the case make sure you have a photographer hired, most will either include an engagement session in a wedding day package, or have it as an add on.
Now that were done with week 3, go ahead and check out week 4! Better yet subscribe to the blog to get an email every time I post an update!