Tuesday Tip: When to book your vendorsBecause sometimes you just need a little help

Recently, I was inspired by Wedding Wire‘s infographic and thought it would be super helpful to share for couples that are just starting the planning process. I think some people don’t realize how far out most vendors book, and while yes, sometimes you can get lucky and find a great vendor at the last minute, it doesn’t always work like that. Especially when it comes to venues.

My own advice? Book your venue first and let that set the tone for the rest of the wedding. It always seems to flow so much better from a visual standpoint, if your venue and your wedding compliment each other rather than compete against one another.

What do I mean by that? 

For instance, if you really want a beachy, laid back vibe but your venue is a hotel ballroom, you’re just going to be fighting the carpet and chandeliers and wondering how you can cover up certain aspects of the room to make it more casual. Don’t do that to yourself. You’ll just wind up with a headache. Instead, think about the venue that you chose and what would compliment the space. If it’s a garden wedding, choose florals that make sense for the location. Keep fancy linens for indoor locations and more natural fabrics outdoors. If the venue is no where near the ocean, don’t have an ocean theme. If the venue is in the city, a rustic rural feel isn’t going to make sense to your guests. Embrace your location and allow it to guide you along the way.

Now, onto the infographic!

Wedding planning timeline wedding wire

Needing some venue inspiration? Check out these pages for some beautiful locations:  NYC wedding venues, Chicago wedding venues Los Angeles wedding venues… and then take me along. 😉

Thanks WeddingWire for the tip!