As a wedding photographer, I’m always talking to couples about weddings. But yesterday, I talked to my best friend about her wedding! Because the majority of folks get married once, it’s difficult to know all the ins and outs of coordinating an important event! As I was talking to her, I told her a few things I think more people should know when planning their wedding:
- The Wedding industry runs a year (and sometimes more) in advance! This is especially true if you want to book your preferred vendors and if you have a specific date in mind!!! Booking early is key. (Insider tip: If you’re tight on time and still want your preferred vendors, consider having your wedding in January or February!)
- A lot of decisions depend on your guest count. The guest count will determine the venue due to the size, and the cost of catering! For photographers, coverage is so different if you’re having a 50-person wedding, than a 300-person wedding! If you’re having a large wedding party, flowers will increase in count. Think about out how many people you want to witness you say, “I do!”
- Hire a wedding planner! A wedding planner allows you to better execute your vision. Not only that, but they are extremely helpful in coordinating absolutely everything and ensure that you’re comfortable and stress-free on your wedding day!
- Determine what aspects of your wedding matter most to you and your partner. This can better guide you towards your overall vision and budget! You’ll be able to put your money on what maters most! I remember a wedding planner once told us that a couple’s goal was to have the best party. They hired one of the top bands in the area, had great lighting, and as photographers, we made sure their photos reflected their party! They knew what they wanted and definitely got it!
- Listen to your vendors’ expertise! Remember, we’ve done this quite a few times over many years! We’ve seen what works, what doesn’t, and what new thing we’re excited to try! Brainstorm with your vendors and let them know what you really want out of your wedding. It may require some shifting on everyone’s end, but almost anything is possible if you’re willing to do your best to make it work!
Hope this helps give you some insight into the wedding industry! Have a great day!