I remember when I began my photography business seven years ago, Brides only booked their wedding photographers a few months out. But as they say, the only thing permanent in life is change. In the last three to four years, the wedding industry has seen a huge change: PREPARATION. What changed? PINTEREST. Pinterest has revolutionized the way anybody does anything really but it absolutely changed the game when it comes to wedding planning and preparation. Weddings are planned one to two years in advance now. That is the industry standard. It is December of 2018 and I have weddings booked for 2020 already.
You’ve heard of ‘sweating for the wedding’ right? Well consider this your “Turning your to-do’s into I do’s”
Yup. Just thought of that one. You’re welcome.
Step 1: Step 1 is tricky because it will be like riding a triple tandem bike. You’ll have to decide what is most important to you – the date, the photographer or the venue. Once you prioritize those, then you can start picking out your preferences in each of those categories. Make a list of a few dates, photographers and venues that you would love to work with. Then begin reaching out to check availability! This is where the ‘triple tandem bike’ philosophy and having a priority list will help you. Say your venue is the most important thing to you, then you might be able to be flexible on the date and photographer, so that you can ensure you are able to book the venue that you absolutely love. Say your priority is the photographer, then you will want to reach out to your preferred photographer first to check availability for the date you have picked out and since your priority is the photographer, being able to be flexible on your date may help to work with them on their schedule to ensure you are able to book the photographer of your dreams! The same applies for if your date is your priority. Say you or your future groom are teachers and need a Summer vacation date for your wedding, then picking your date early and far enough in advance that you can secure your venue and photographer will be key for you. These three factors – date, photographer and venue – will work in tandem while you secure these vendors and officially book.
Step 2: Now that you have got your date, photographer and venue booked, it’s time to start deciding which way you want to go with the theme and decor for your wedding. Websites like Pinterest, the countless Bridal blogs and wedding websites, etc., will all work to offer you a limitless world of inspiration! Getting your thoughts in order, planning out a theme that fits both yourself, creating a vision board, discussing with your groom about aspects of the day that are important to you both and areas that either of you may be more flexible on and also taking into consideration the time of year that you are getting married, will work to create a PERFECT wedding day for you! Choosing a theme, decor and color scheme that compliments who the two of you are PLUS flows well with the time of year you choose for your wedding is key! I tell all of my Brides: It’s all in the details!
Step 3: Set up a schedule with proposed completion date for items on your “To-do’s For The I-Do’s” list. Things to consider for your list: florist, caterer, baker(for cake and any other dessert type items), wedding planner, DJ, ceremony officiant, decorations (bespoke or store bought), etc. Setting dates that are realistic but also keeps things in a timely fashion to where items will be ready for the big day.
Step 4: Enjoy the process. This is an AMAZING season in your life. Don’t forget to step back every now and then and enjoy it. Don’t lose site of the forest for the trees.
That’s all for now, friends! I will be sharing more tips and tricks for wedding days over the next few weeks here on the blog, so be sure to check back!
With lots of Love,