Wedding Planner. If you want to hire a planner, that should be your first call. Interview a few of them to see who you feel the most comfortable with and who understands your vision for the wedding best. Your planner can then help you find other vendors, and might even get you a better deal with them.
Venue. Before you send out a save the date or book anyone else for the day, you need to secure exactly where your wedding will be held. Venues book up well in advance (some more than a year) so start looking ASAP. [Photo: Ryan Ray Photo]
Photographer. This is another vendor that books up well in advance, so don’t delay your search once you have the date set. After all, this is the person who will be documenting your wedding with photos you’ll be looking at for years to come. You don’t want to settle for someone just because they’re the only free photographer in the area.
Officiant. If there is someone special you and your fiancé would like to marry you, then make sure they’re free on your wedding date.[Photo: Ryan Ray Photo]
Entertainment. You can’t have a fun reception without music, so be sure to secure your entertainment well in advance.