Timeline for Booking Wedding Catering and Other Vendors

Wedding Catering

An extraordinary event calls for an extraordinary vendor team on a well-planned timeline. The current wedding boom can shift the timeline and change the way we are planning weddings, including the wedding catering. Let’s explore the timeline and what you need to know about booking vendors and your wedding catering.

Not Your Typical Year

Every detail you are planning will revolve around your wedding date. This date takes a special place on the timeline and controls all the deadlines for everything else. While most couples take about a year to plan their weddings, the current wedding boom requires that we book essential vendors a little sooner. If you wait too long to book your wedding catering and photography, you could be forced to book based on availability, rather than talent and budget. This is not your typical wedding planning year; therefore, you should not follow the typical timeline. You might need to shift things around to make it work for you wedding day.

The Venue and the Wedding Catering

Booking the wedding venue starts the clock on the wedding planning timeline. You should try to book your venue at least a year prior to your event. The current wedding boom suggests that you might find more competition for your date; therefore, it is a good idea to book everything a little sooner. After you book your venue, you should begin prioritizing your vendors and booking them in order. The wedding catering should be at the top of the list. Booking a venue with a restaurant has some advantages. You can avoid any transportation costs, and benefit from some clear logistical advantages. Since these are two of the most important items on your wedding planning checklist, it is a good idea to book them close together.

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After You Book Your Wedding Catering

Wedding photography is essential to framing the memories. The cake will crumble and the flowers will wither, but the photography remains. The time and expense involved in planning this once in a lifetime moment requires proper documentation. Your wedding catering will be on display as art in the venue. It will be the center of conversations and tethered to memories. Wedding photography is so important to capturing the memories you make on your wedding day. After you book your wedding catering, book your photography.

Nine to Eight Months on the Timeline

When you reach the mark with nine months to go, you will have your venue booked, your flowers ordered, your wedding catering choices made and your photography and videography secured. This is the time to direct your attention towards creating your reception experience. Decide whether you want a live band or DJ. Regardless of the choice you make, make sure you prepare your playlist and have all the details of your entertainment locked down early.

Book a block of rooms for your out-of-town guests to guarantee availability. Booking in advance will help your guests save on accommodations. Check with your wedding venue to determine whether they have special discounts at local hotels for booked clients.

Hire your officiant. Never wait to the last minute to hire your officiant. This is the most important part of your wedding ceremony. An officiant is the director of your rituals and the one that makes it all legal. Officiants offer different levels of assistance. Some help you plan your rituals, special readings and help you write your wedding vows.

Your wedding dress will be one of the most important elements of your wedding day. Finding the perfect dress takes time. You should choose the silhouette and color to match your theme, body type and the tone of your wedding venue. Allow time for fittings and necessary adjustments.

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Six Months on the Timeline

Six months before your wedding day, you should order invitations and stationary. Give yourself time to choose the wording and the style. You should allow enough time for proofs and to receive the final order. This is also the time to order place cards and thank you cards.

The chance of hiring a professional cake designer with a reputation at the very last minute is slim to none. Most reputable cake designers fill their calendar quickly. Since creating a wedding cake can be such a tasking project, cake designers are limited to the number of projects they can schedule. Six months on the wedding timeline is usually a safe place to hire your wedding cake designer.

Your other wedding attire, such as the bridesmaid dresses and tux will not take as long to choose. A day in a boutique or exploring online is all that is required. Make sure you have enough time to receive the order and for any necessary fittings and adjustments.

Do not forget to plan your honeymoon. The honeymoon should be planned no less than six months prior to your wedding day. You will need to choose a location, book hotels and transportation, and plan an itinerary full of romance.

Like everything else, hair and makeup has a place on the timeline. Secure your date with a professional stylist about six months prior to your wedding day. This is also the time to begin prepping your skin with monthly facials. Avoid chemical skin treatments just prior to your wedding day.

You will want to arrive in style and make an unforgettable exit. You might want a limo for the wedding party or a party bus. Out-of-town guests might require a shuttle. Plan in advance to guarantee travel arrangements on your wedding day. This is not a last minute item on the timeline.

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