When Should You Hire Your Wedding Vendors?

July 25, 2015 by Just Marry!

Engaged couples, you should be happy to know that the wedding industry is filled with talented wedding professionals within a range of price points who would love to work with you on your wedding. What you need to keep in mind, however, is that many great vendors get booked early and quickly…some as much as eighteen months to two years out. To be sure you get to work with the ideal team of vendors to service your wedding, we recommend you get started hiring them early in the planning process.

As we’ve reviewed before, the first step in planning your wedding should always be to create a budget. You need to know not only how much you can spend overall, but what you can spend for each wedding service. Prioritize the items you need to purchase and hire for your wedding and allot a budget to each line item accordingly.

Once you know what you can spend for each wedding professional you plan to hire, start conducting your research. Read online reviews, scour wedding and bridal magazines, ask your friends who have been married, and attend local bridal shows. Narrow down your vendors to no more than the top three in each category to keep the decision-making process contained. If you work with a wedding planner, pick her brain for insights on local vendors. Some planners, like us at Just Marry!, even offer inclusive packages with talented and affordable vendors built right in. Talk about taking the stress out of the vendor hiring process, right?

Should you be booking each vendor on your own, however, you’ll want to schedule appointments with each of them to discuss your wedding vision and budget. If you find a great vendor you love, don’t hesitate to ask for a contract. There may be other couples vying for that vendor’s services on your wedding date.

It’s important to make your decisions as early in the planning process as possible, but you still want to make those decisions with care. Be sure to ask good questions, check references, and read your contracts carefully. It can pay to listen to your inner voice when determining if a vendor is the right one for you.

Do you have questions about hiring your wedding vendors? Reach out to us in the comments and we’ll get back to you!

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