WeddingWire recently got in touch with us about sharing some of our advice with couples on setting a "Vendor Booking Timeline." With tools such as their WeddingWire app and talking to vendors such as ourselves, they are trying their best to help couples eliminate as much stress as possible from wedding planning. As florists, we've learned that the couples who have a clear vision about what their "wedding theme" is seem to have the smoothest planning experience. We've broken down Wedding Wire's timeline to share what we've learned in our 11 years of business and experience.
Every couple has their own unique tastes, so researching your vendors' style is just as important as researching their pricing. We've learned that photographers have a different approach in their work - some are light and airy, some are bright and colorful and some could be more dark and moody. Hair, make-up and venue selections also have distinct characteristics that make them cater to a certain audience, whether the theme is nautical, rustic and woodsy, princess glamour or an elegant bridal.
As you start to realize what kind of wedding theme fits your personality best, you'll see that decor plays a huge part in your wedding day. Discovering your style will help make booking decisions much easier, from the bridal bouquet to the placecards. Catering to these styles is our specialty, and we're about to show you how your flowers and decor play into delivering the wedding of your dreams.
We'd agree with the Wedding Wire timeline with much of their booking suggestions - most of our clients book anywhere between 10 months to a year before their wedding. We offer two consultations with clients - an initial meeting to go over your needs and officially book us as a vendor, and then a final meeting about 6 weeks before your event to make sure we have all the details in check. If you have a more intensive design plan or are booking a venue we've never been to before, we offer a "site visit" to walk through the venue with you and figure out logistics.
Because we have become more experienced in "Event Design" (meaning our work goes beyond just flowers), booking with us has become a one-stop shop as far as event decor! Our company handles furniture rentals, linens, ceremony structures and more, meaning that we cover all your bases when it comes to aesthetic of your wedding. This will save you time from meeting with multiple vendors and scheduling set-up times and details.
Designing your event is more than just setting up pretty things. We specialize in making sure every detail flows together to create an experience that all of your guests will remember. We like to have a hand in everything going on for your wedding day - from adding flowers to your cake, to coordinating your bouquets with your bridesmaids' gowns, to decorating the stage and backdrop for your band or DJ, so keep us in the loop as you round up your vendor team!
Even your stationary - Save the Dates, invitations and placecards - are tied into your decor. Many clients choose stationary that matches their flowers, and our custom signage can mimic whatever fonts or writing style you've selected.
The bottom line is, having a solid idea about what your decor preferences are will make booking vendors a much more pleasant experience, and Event Designers such as ourselves can serve as the glue to tie it all together. As you go through your timeline, you'll realize how vendors depend on each other and work together to deliver you with our best work possible.
Did you find this helpful? We hope so! You can download the complete timeline below, and be sure to check out Wedding Wire's Wedding Check-Lists page to help keep you organized as you plan for the big day.