Wedding Vendors to Book
Where should you start when planning your wedding? Here is a list of important wedding vendors to book for your wedding and some things to consider before making a decision.
A Venue is the number one vendor you want to book. This will determine your wedding date, time, location, and how many guests you can invite!
Location, location, location! Is the venue in a good location? Does is provide the backdrop you want for your wedding photos? Make sure your venue is easily accessible to all guests. Finding a location that can host your ceremony and reception is convenient because you don’t have to worry about transporting guests or yourself and bridal party! Also consider how much space the venue offers. Can it accommodate a large guest list or not? Be sure to ask about the amount of time you can rent the space for. If you want an all night party, you might want to consider a venue that lets you stay past 10:00 pm.
You can’t get married without one!
If you aren’t getting married in a church this is a big decision. Consider having a family member or friend marry you. If you hire an officiant you don’t know, ask yourself these questions; do you care if the officiant in male or female, will they provide you with a variety of script choices, and do they have a strong voice that will carry across the crowd.
Mmm…..food! What kind of food are you looking for? Some brides prefer a theme, such as Southern, while others just like a variety of everything.
Do some taste testing! There is no better way to know if you’re going to like the food than to actually taste test it. Don’t forget to consider your vegan and gluten free guests. Make sure your caterer will accommodate special dietary needs. You may also want to ask your caterer if they provide bar service as well or if they recommend a good bar service. It’s always nice to book vendors that do more than one thing…..easier to deal with less vendors!
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Are you a traditional bride that wants a three tiered bride’s cake and a sports themed groom’s cake? Or would you rather an ice cream buffet or milk and cookies bar? There’s no right or wrong way to do it these days!
Do you like cake? No one said you have to have cake at your wedding! Some brides choose to have a small cake to cut but offer a completely different dessert for their guests. If you do go with a traditional cake there are a few important details to think about. Who will cut the cake? Many caterers will charge close to a dollar a slice for cutting the cake. That can add up when you have 200 guests! Be sure to ask the baker if they will top the cake with flowers, fruit or a topper for you when it gets delivered. Also find out if they provide a cake stand or if you need to rent/buy one.
Is a DJ your style or are you thinking of having a band? Whether you want an all night dance party or some light background jams while your guests mingle, there are some important things to consider.
Are you looking for a DJ to get your guests up and dancing? When you contact a DJ be sure to ask them what kind of music they play and will they allow you to provide a list of song dos and don’ts? A good DJ will have you write a list of songs you want played at your wedding and a list of songs you do not want played. Even if the DJ says they will play top hits, provide them with a list to be safe. If a dance party is not what you’re looking for, consider a band, single musician, or combination of the two. Check out Top Hat Live.
Pictures and memories are the only thing left when the day is done. Make this decision carefully.
Find a photographer that you can work with. They will be with you all day so it helps when you actually like them! When looking at a photographer’s packages, consider these things;
- how many hours does it include? Can I add more hours? How much will it cost per additional hour?
- does the package include an engagement session?
- does the photographer brings a second shooter? This is important if the girls and guys are getting ready in different locations. It’s also nice to get a shot of the bride walking down the aisle at the same time being able to get the groom’s expression when he first sees his bride.
If you need help finding vendors for your wedding, we’d love to help you. Contact us today!