This is the time of year wedding professionals declare engagement season! Some of the most popular dates people get engaged on all fall within a week of each other. Before newly engaged couples begin the process of booking their wedding team, we would like to share 5 common mistakes to avoid.
1. Booking too late.
Technology has decreased wait times and when we want something, we know we can get it now! This illusion does not exist in the wedding industry. The truth is, most Saturdays in the Fall and late Spring are completely booked at least a year in advance. Planning ahead is crucial in securing your wedding date. Upon finding an experienced vendor, contact them as early as possible. The last thing we want to do as vendors is tell prospective clients we are sold out on their date, but it does happen when they inquire too late.
2. Never exploring company’s storefronts.
Reputable vendors will have multiple great online marketplaces for you to explore their services. In addition to a company’s website, WeddingWire and The Knot make it easy to scan reviews and understand a company’s style. They should be active on social media too! Check for recent activity and 5-star reviews, otherwise you may end up with a baker who never delivers the wedding cake (seriously we’ve seen it)!
3. Disregarding a catering hall’s recommended list.
Inquire who your caterer recommends because they will only lead you to vendors who deliver! These people work with many professionals throughout the year and know who was a pleasure to work with, and who they would rather never see again. Starting with a catering hall’s referral list is a great jumping off point when beginning your search for any vendor.
Demanding too many details is a surefire way to put a damper on your wedding and stress out everyone involved. Take a deep breath, and realize that so much happens on a wedding day. Managing every detail to play out a certain way is impossible. You can suggest some shots you really want photography wise, but not every photo. You can suggest genres and songs for your DJ, but not a set-list. Ultimately your vendors desire your input, but too much can be a bad thing for you and them.
5. Not having a rain plan!
Outdoor ceremonies and receptions are staples of the summer, but can end in disaster due to weather. Check with your vendor for options under inclement weather before you book them! Put your DJ’s under some kind of cover, and your photographer should have umbrellas handy!
These are just a few brief notes to future brides and grooms. Book early and do your research! In the end this will lead to a much more pleasant planning experience. Stay tuned for our part 2 on this series, Five More Common Mistakes to Avoid when booking your wedding!