You want the absolute best venue, photographer, and DJ that you can afford. Duh. Why wouldn’t you? Of course you want to have a wedding for the ages. Now imagine choosing the best of everything and then finding out that they’ve chosen somebody else – another bride!
How dare they! Don’t they know how important your wedding is! Who do they think they are!?
Unfortunately for you, unless you’ve chosen an obscure weekday in January, you’re not the only bride getting married on your day. In order to avoid this very common problem, make sure that you choose your wedding vendors early.
Here’s what happens: The best and most popular options are chosen and booked early by brides who are on top of their game. The vendors have to take these weddings on a first come, first serve basis. Some brides guarantee that they’re going to book and then vanish, never to be heard from again. (Not saying you’re one of these brides, because surely you aren’t.) No matter how much they might like you, they can’t wait around for you.
There are two things you can do to make sure you get just about everybody that you want:
1) Give yourself at least a year to plan your wedding.
Venues always get booked first and, in many cases, availability can start to vanish 18 months in advance. However, as long as you have a little flexibility, 12 months should be fine. Other heavily in-demand pros can book as early as 15-18 months ahead of time but, again with some flexibility, should be available at 9-12 months ahead of time.
2) Call them ASAP.
Regardless if you take a year or 3 months to plan your wedding, you still need to start researching and start selecting your pros ASAP. The sooner the better. You’re not the only bride planning a dream day.
Put your deposit down, sign the contract, and buckle up. This is going to be a long ride.
However, ECB can help make your ride a little less bumpy because we know some of the best wedding pros in Eastern North Carolina. See that lovely blue bar across the top of the page? It’ll let you search by vendor type and/or location. You can also click on the button below and have specific vendors contact you. Go give them a whirl!