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Well after having a really interesting discussion this week on twitter over wedding planning timescales, i thought it would be the next logical step in the wedding planning tool series on the blog.
Several photographers have been receiving wedding enquiries as far in advance as 2012 and 2013. Some photographers take the bookings, while others will only book up to a year or eighteen months in advance.
So what should you do if you are recently engaged and planning a wedding years in advance? I understand that many couples have to plan so far in advance to save up for the wedding and to ensure their favourite vendors are available. While other’s are lucky enough to be able to plan a last minute wedding, whilst taking the risk that they may not get exactly what they wanted for their day or planning a budget day.
I would say the first thing to think about which is often the priciest is your venue, dates can get booked up very far in advance for popular wedding venues. Alternatively you can get last minute deals if you are flexible with your date. If you are having a service at a separate location, it’s best to arrange this too, so that the date is secure all round.
I think it’s best to prioritise what you want for your wedding day, whether you want the perfect dress, photographer, cake baker or florist. If they book up fast it may be worth an enquiry early on, but if they say they do not book up that far in advance, contact them once they open their diaries to get yourself booked in.
All in all i think each wedding planning journey is unique and so different.
If you are a vendor, how far in advance do you open your books? If you are planning a wedding or have planned a wedding, how far in advance are you arranging everything? I’d love to hear all of your opinions on this matter so vendors and couples know what to expect and avoid disappointment when planning their day.
I shall leave you with a little checklist and timeline i have constructed, it isn’t the gospel, so chop and change it where you will, it’s more of a reminder so that you don’t end up disappointed when planning your wedding. There is a PDF version for you to print out and put into your wedding file and a fully customisable excel version for your pc. I hope you find it useful :-) Do let me know your thoughts ;-)