Just Engaged Series: How Far In Advance Should I Book My Wedding Suppliers?

When it comes to wedding planning, it can sometimes feel as you’re putting together an enormous jigsaw. There are so many different pieces to arrange that it can feel as if the final image will never take shape. No stylish wedding would be complete without a host of different wedding suppliers all doing their part to create the perfect big day. However, when arranging your dream urban wedding you need to know the best time to book those suppliers, otherwise you could find that you’re disappointed. Here, we look at how far in advance you should book your wedding suppliers, so you won’t experience any issues when arranging your London wedding.

Contact A London Wedding Planner

The very first thing to do is book a specialist in creative wedding planning to help you design your dream day. Perfectly Planned 4 You are experts in arranging London weddings and can work closely with just engaged couples to make sure that the perfect venue can be found and the ideal ceremony organised. You should do this at least a year before you plan to tie the knot.

Arrange A Venue

The venue is the next step in the planning schedule and, again, this should be arranged at least a year in advance and maybe two if you’re planning a London wedding. Your wedding planner will be able to point you in the direction of venues that perfectly align with your chosen theme. Whether you’re hoping for a dry hire wedding that can be customised to suit your precise requirements or want a pre-arranged package, 12 months is the minimum amount of time you need to ensure you aren’t disappointed. If you are still looking for a wedding venue, download our latest Hackney venues ebook here.

Book The Caterer

You may find your venue offers catering in which case you can skip this step. Otherwise, as soon as your venue is booked you should immediately contact your chosen caterer to nail down the details. This gives you sufficient time to tour your venue with the caterer to identify any possible challenges and to narrow down all your options.

Donuts halo’ed with fruits and flowers. Whatever could be better?
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Hiring A Photographer

The best photographers naturally book up rapidly, so along with arranging your venue and caterer, this should be another top priority. This will guarantee that you get your chosen photographer on your chosen day and don’t have to make do with second best.

Photo by Ailbhe Flynn / Unsplash

Entertainment And Music

You’ll probably want to organise some entertainment for your reception so that your guests (and you, of course), have a fantastic time. You should begin this process around 6-9 months before your special day as this will give you enough time to check out your different options, to see and hear what each have to offer and to make a final decision. You may need to begin earlier than this if you have a very specialist performance in mind such as fire-eating or a dance group.

Simple microphone shot on the stage
Photo by Matthias Wagner / Unsplash

Flowers, Cake And Transportation

Usually, florists will need to meet with couples between 6 and 8 months before the wedding date, once all of the major details such as the wedding dress and the venue have been organised so the correct colours and designs can be selected. Your cake should be arranged around 6 months in advance while wedding transportation can usually be arranged at about the same time. If you’re planning a summer wedding though, you might need to do this earlier, especially if it’s around the bank holiday weekend.

Booking Your Perfect Wedding

If you’re ready to arrange your dream wedding, contact us today. We’re here to make sure that everything goes smoothly so you can have the happy ever after you deserve.

You can checkout the rest of our ‘Just Engaged Series’ here:
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HACKNEY’s Top 10 Urban Wedding Venues PART 2
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