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What order should you book services for your Melbourne wedding?

You’re engaged! Yay! There’s going to be a wedding! With photography and cinematography … and everything!!

Well, that takes planning. Whether you live in Melbourne, Sydney Perth or Brisbane, weddings involve LOTS of organizing.

So what to do, how and when?
There’s a pretty specific order in choosing things for your wedding.

And we can help. After being involved in photography and video for such a long time with Melbourne weddings, we know the planning sequences.

So consider looking in this order:
1.   The date. What season do you want your wedding to be in? Can you get time off then?
2.   Reception centre choice. How many people does it fit? Cocktail or sit down dinner? Do you need a big dance floor? Does it have wheel chair access if your guests need it?
3.   Location for the ceremony. Church, reception centre or garden? Religious or marriage celebrant?
4.   Wedding photographer/cinematographer. Photo and video studios get booked pretty quickly especially when it’s wedding season (for Melbourne, it’s October to April). So don’t delay. Boxer Visual are pretty good – hint, hint…
5.   Wedding dress – this takes time to make, so give yourself at least 8 -6 months before the wedding.
7.   Band/DJ. They also get booked early, particularly the popular ones, so they need to be near the top of the list.
8.   Bridesmaids dresses. If they are going to be made or need altering, you need to have time to do this, so also about 6 months before the wedding.
9.   Wedding invitations. They have to be completely organised and ready at least 7 weeks before the wedding, because they need to be sent out about 6 weeks before the wedding day.
10.  Florist. Do this at least 2 months before the wedding. They also may need time to arrange certain types of flowers and that may take time.
11.   Groom and groomsmen’s suits. If you are getting them made, you will need to do them about 6 months before the wedding. If you are hiring or buying ready made, they can be done later. But keep in mind they may need some alterations and that may need about a month to do.
12.  Bridal cars. About 2 months before the wedding, unless you want something unusual.
13. Makeup/hair. Give yourself time to have a hair and makeup trial, so book about 2-3 months before the wedding so you have time to arrange the trial.
14. Honeymoon destination. If you are using fly by points this should be done quite early. This also applies if you are going during popular times, like summer or school holidays.

So, has this given you food for thought?

Any questions? Agree? Disagree? Let us know. Post your thoughts below.

Or share with someone you know who is planning their wedding.

Contact us with any wedding questions, or to make a time to see us about wedding photography and video.

A quick call on 0412055059 will help you decide if we are a good fit.

Hope to chat soon…

Rosanne and Robert

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