Posted by Kimberly Wallner
It’s no secret that wedding planning can be overwhelming. A simple Google search of “when should I book my wedding vendors” can result in several pages of worth of links, some of which have very dated and conflicting information. With so many sources saying so many things, it’s hard to know what advice to take! Personally, I like to keep things simple, which is why I love the Vendor Booking Timeline that WeddingWire has put together. It breaks down the best order to secure your vendors in an easy to follow layout. I’ve seen all types of wedding planning timelines, but I like this one because it’s not overly complicated and sticks to the main vendors that most couples will be utilizing.
As a florist, most of our clients book with us 8 months to one year out from their wedding (which is on-par with the 10 months suggested in the graphic). For the most popular wedding months, like May and June, it’s always a good idea to reach out sooner than later, since we can only accommodate a few weddings each weekend.
Of course, the most important vendor to secure early is your venue, since it sets the tone for every other element of your wedding day! As a rule, we won’t set up a floral consultation until the venue is selected and booked. Your venue determines the style of your day, your guest count and even things like tall or low centerpieces, so it’s important to have that locked in before booking a florist. If you’re still looking for your perfect venue, check out WeddingWire’s Venues page to begin your search and check out a wide variety of venues in one location.