Congragulations! If you are reading this, you have likely just entered the exciting (and sometimes stressful) season that is wedding planning. One of the first questions you likely have- “What order should I hire my vendors in?”. It is important to hire them in order so that nothing gets mixed up and needs changing around.
Like, for example, if you hire your photographer for the date you chose prior to booking the venue, you may discover the venue you want doesn’t have that date open. Then you have to either find a new photographer or switch your date around. A headache I’m sure you’d rather avoid, right?
So, let’s dive into it. Here’s the most ideal order to hire the main vendors for your wedding in.
01. wedding planner
First and foremost when it comes to answering that question of what order should I hire my vendors in, you’ll want to hire a wedding planner. Wedding planners are always optional and never a “must” when it comes to wedding planning but they sure do help to take the stress off of your shoulders. They can pretty much handle everything for you which is why you’ll want to start with hiring them first.
Next comes the venue. This is a very important next step as I mentioned before. Booking your venue will secure your date and give your other vendors a better idea of what your wedding day will look like so they can best serve you. The venue will set the whole tone for your day.
Next up is the wedding photographer. Now, being that I am a wedding photographer, I may be a bit biased when I say they are super important. Which is why, you’ll want to book them next to ensure you find one that is a good fit for you. Most photographers are booked out at least a year and so having this at the top of your priority list is important.
After you have secured the venue and your photographer, the videographer will be the next thing you’ll want to lock in. This is another vendor that tends to book up pretty early so having some pressure in booking one is important.
Find a florist that matches with your budget, style and vision next. This will be the magic worker that creates the floral arrangements for your decor and bouquet among other things.
Next up is the caterer. Your caterer will be the one to help you choose the style of serving for the reception and what dishes you’ll have. This is a big one- everyone will need a full belly to be able to dance the night away with you!
07. dj/ band
The DJ or band you choose will set the tone for your reception and so finding one with a personality that you love is important. Music is one of the most important elements to your reception. Take into account music or a preformer for your ceremony music as well.
Another really important one (this is a make or break) is the officiant. You want to make sure they are fully licensed or else you’ll end up not actually and legaly being married after your wedding day. A fun suggestion- ask a close friend to be the officiant. They can get their license online in most places with ease.
This is the person or company that will make your invitations, save the dates, and all other stationary for your big day. Finding one that has your vision in mind and can execute it properly is key.
10. Makeup and Hair
Make up artists and hair stylists will be next up on the checklist of vendors to hire. Pro tip- be sure to do a test run with your hair and make up prior to the big day so you can skip any mishaps on the day of.
If you aren’t recieving tables and chairs, etc. from your venue, you’ll want to add on a rental company to your list of vendors to hire to ensure everyone has a place to sit and your reception and ceremony look like a reception and ceremony.