What Order Should I Hire My Wedding Vendors In?

How to get everything you want on your wedding day. Our official vendor booking order list.

Weddings are the work of a giant team of creative professionals all working together to make your dreams a reality. So, after you determine your wedding budget and choose your wedding style, the ultimate step in the wedding planning process begins: hiring trustworthy, reputable wedding vendors to carry out your vision. But, who do you hire first? To help you with the process we’ve outlined the best order to book your wedding vendors. finish.

For an average engagement of 12-18 months, the common guidelines to book your wedding vendors are as follows:

18-12 MonthsPlannerVenue Church

10-8 MonthsPhotographerVideographerEntertainmentDJ, Band - Music for the ceremonyFlorist/DecorCaterer - if your venue does not provide one

8-6 MonthsCakeOfficiant Guest Accommodations (needed for stationery)Hotel block, Transportation(be careful if your wedding date is the same as Prom season book your limo asap)

6-4 MonthsStationeryStylist - Hair and Make-upDay of Coordinator


  1. Do the research: check out vendors websites and social media.

  2. Do take the time to meet or at least talk with the vendors prior to hiring them.

  3. Do ask if you are the only wedding client for your date. *Some vendors and venues can accommodate several events on one day.

  4. DO read and understand all the terms on each contract prior to signing them.

Jennifer Lawn, owner JL Original Designs