Congratulations! You are engaged! Take it all in, enjoy all the congratulations from family, enjoy all the fun parties, and monogrammed gifts….ah, it is so nice! But wait…you are suddenly hit with all the questions…”when is the wedding?”, “where is the wedding?” “what kind of food are you having?”, “are you having a band or dj?” “how many bridesmaids will you have?”. Ha! And all of the sudden, the fun and exciting engagement high is now overwhelmed with these pesky questions that you don’t know the answers to, nor where to begin finding answers to these questions!
Well then, WeddingWire has a fancy little cheat sheet to help you out! The Vendor Booking Timeline provides a simple guide on where to start! Although there are a couple of things I would amend for the Boerne/San Antonio area, the timeline is almost spot on. Wedding Wire suggest finding a venue and wedding planner first– about 12 months prior to when the wedding shall be. I would suggest otherwise if you are looking for a Saturday. Venues in this area book about 15 months in advance for a Saturday, especially in the coveted March-June and October-November. If you are flexible to a Friday or Sunday wedding (often thousands of dollars less than a Saturday) then booking a venue 12 months out aught to do it! Book your wedding venue along side the planner, those are the first two hot ticket items that will get the ball rolling for you! At 10 months out, Wedding Wire suggest securing your photographer, videographer, florist and caterer! Sounds about right, I would also include the DJ or band inside the 10-12 month range. If you want a specific vendor, booking quickly will ensure you get what you want! Don’t forget, there are hundreds of other brides in this area doing the same thing you are!
At 8 months out, wedding wire suggest guest accommodations, an officiant, your wedding dress and a stationer ! Although I haven’t met a bride who didn’t seek out her dress numero uno. This is all up to you! Sometimes finding the dress first can dictate the venue location and entire theme of the wedding! And finding a dress early makes it all seem so real, you’ll want to save time for alterations, bridal portraits, and any last minute jewelry changes or additions. 7-3 months prior to the wedding you’ll have the odds and ends like finding your honeymoon location, make up artist, hair stylist, favors, the rings, and any rentals you may have in mind. I love the idea of being DONE with wedding planning 2-3 months before the wedding. Save this time for you! Plan to be done and ready to go so you can save the last couple of months for wedding showers, Bachelor and Bachelorette party, packing for your new place together, and relaxation!
WeddingWire has some great tools to help brides like you get this wedding thing figured out! They have a hashtag generator, color generator, and some fun questions/quiz to help you get creative! None of this replaces a real life wedding planner, but in your spare time it might be fun! The vendor booking timeline is a national suggestion and not tailored to each state/destination. It might be different in New York City, Chicago, and Los Angeles wedding venues! Here in Texas…we do things our own way!Congratulations on planning your wedding, we would love to be a part of your day! Enjoy the process, and have fun!