A question often asked of newly-engaged couples is when they will be getting married. Planning a wedding takes a lot of time and organisation, so it is important to consider the notice period needed for each wedding vendor when deciding the date of your wedding.

Here are some of the most important wedding vendor timelines to consider when planning your wedding.

The wedding venue

You can’t have a wedding without a wedding venue so it is important to do all your research first up to ensure they wedding venue will be free when you book. Some popular venues book out 18 months to 2 years in advance! If your wedding venue is fully booked, try having your wedding on a Friday or Sunday or another weekday that coincides with a  public holiday. It could actually work out cheaper and will give your family and friends a reason to take a day off work. Find a wedding venue that offers a professional event coordinator to make planning your big day easier.

The wedding dress

Most wedding dresses will need to be altered for the perfect fit which can take months and include several bridal fittings. It is best to start wedding dress shopping 12 to 18 months before your wedding date with a view of purchasing the dress a year beforehand. Dresses made from scratch or customised dresses will take longer to order than dresses bought off the rack.

The wedding photographer

Wedding photographers get busy very quickly once wedding season comes around. Book your photographer at least a year in advance. This will give you time to meet with the photographer and decide what style of wedding photography you would like.

The wedding florist

You should start looking at florists 9-12 months in advance to make sure they can accommodate your wedding. It also will give you a chance to discuss what flowers will be in season for your wedding and if they need to source out of season flowers for you.

The timeline for planning your wedding will be determined by the date you choose and what parts of your wedding matter the most to you. Looking for a stunning wedding reception venue to get you started on the right track? Merrimu Receptions offer a convenient Melbourne location, co-ordinated catering and professional event coordinators to help plan your big day. Contact us to book your dream wedding today!

Follow @merrimu_receptions on Instagram