Life does not come with a manual. Weddings...kind of do. But while there are an abundance of wedding planning resources, you can't control everything and sometimes things fall under the radar. Here are some things to be aware of when planning your wedding and creating your timeline from engagement to the aisle!
Don't Assume Availability
Here's the thing - we don't see too many long engagements. And that means a lot of couples are putting together their wedding in a year (or less!). Where that gets tricky is choosing a venue and vendors. Some venues are booked a year or two in advance and while they may have openings, you're at the mercy of their availability. The same goes for wedding photographers, stylists, DJs, etc. So if you recently got engaged and you know you have a certain venue and vendors you want to work with, call them and check availability before setting a date.
For some couples, getting a certain date is important. If this is the case, you may need to extend your engagement to get on the calendar with a venue for that specific day. But using the work "fiance" for an extra year (okay, and having more time to save and plan) isn't a bad thing.
Too Early Is Better Than Too Late
Some things seem like they can wait until certain elements of wedding planning are done - flowers, center pieces, favors, etc. might be taking a back burner in your mind. There is definitely a hierarchy in the planning process but it's good to at least have a basic plan for everything. Call a few local florists early on to discuss pricing and seasonal availability of the plants/flowers you're considering. It's fine not to have everything on your list scheduled/ordered/done all at once but having those preliminary conversations can help alleviate stress and get any roadblocks out of the way early on.
A big part of the process that some people don't realize takes a lot of time is getting the dress! When you order your wedding dress, it's recommended that you allow anywhere from nine to 12 months for it to come in. And then you'll need time for alterations. Every time you finish something on your wedding to-do list, it's one less thing you have to worry about as the big day gets closer.
While photos are already often a big part of the engagement and wedding plan, we can't stress enough that the more time we have to get to know you and discuss your vision with you, the better. Our photographers like to hear where you are in your wedding planning process and having someone in the industry to talk it over with can help you feel more comfortable and better prepared.
Do Your Homework
This is a big one. Read reviews of your vendors online. Meet with them in-person. Trust your gut. We've had clients find us after their engagement photographer was a let-down, or their wedding photographer flaked. While we love being able to help turn around a photo nightmare, we encourage everyone to really take time to go through a photographer's portfolio. Find them on social media. Check Yelp and Google reviews. The same can be said for any wedding vendor. And while it is tempting to brush aside bad reviews when you really love a particular venue or vendor, don't assume that those issues are exceptions. Go to all the taste tests. Do a hair and makeup trial. Try to get a feel for your wedding team before you sign contracts and send deposits.
When you contact Fusion as a possible engagement and/or wedding photographer, we want to sit down with you (in our studio, a coffee shop, a bar...wherever) so that we can really get to know you as more than just a signature on a contract. It's a big deal for us to be a part of your big day! And laying the foundation leading up to the wedding is crucial.