30 Days of Wedding Photography | Day 28 | Wedding Planning & Suppliers

Your wedding day really is a physical work of art. All your guests see is the finished masterpiece, but they don't really see how many different people work together to create the wedding! Wedding dresses, groomsmen suits, venues, churches, florists, wedding cars, entertainment, venue decorators, makeup artists, hair stylists and cake decorators make up the most common list of suppliers involved!

Picking the right team for your wedding day reduces a lot of the stress of wedding planning, but there's a huge amount of work to do with just that!

Planning your dream day can sometimes seem overwhelming, but assembling a good team of suppliers can make it work a treat!

My biggest bit of advise to a wedding couple is to get the date and venue booked before anything else. I know this seems obvious, but this is arguably the biggest task on the list. Not only will you have a date to tell other suppliers about, but you'll have an idea on what suppliers will work well with your chosen venue. Suppliers will be able to advise you on your planning with past experiences and stories from working at your chosen venue, which may point you in a productive direction with planning.

A good way to kick things off is to write down a wedding timeline, from the start and finish of the day. Then, work through the timeline to discover what you need to sort! This will give you an initial clear indication of what to book next.

After this, I would recommend with working through the list of suppliers, starting with the "largest" jobs first, such as venue and table decorators, dresses and suits, florists and photographers. These suppliers can get booked up pretty quickly, sometimes years in advance, so it's a good idea to get them booked in.

When booking your first lot of suppliers, feel free to ask them for recommendations for other wedding business' and ideas, as they'll be able to speed up the process for you and help you find what you're after!

Another great idea is to come up with a wedding theme. A theme can consist of a colour scheme, patters or a general aesthetic I.e vintage, rustic, modern. There's lots of ideas on the website Pinterest! When looking for suppliers online, use your themes keywords to narrow down your search.

Be sure to ask family and friends when looking for trusted suppliers too, especially those who have had successful experiences in the past for their wedding. Trust is everything!

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