Definitely budget Photographer Cake (as they tend to book fast) Dress (Mine took 6 months to come in and it was held two months for alterations due to prom season and other weddings) hair and mua decorator if you’re having one
I've got all of these done now, just making my vendor payments! I also have my dress, veil, undergarments. Now just need to focus on desserts (not having a traditional cake), and attire for my BMs and FHs GMs, and decor. Not too much left to do, really. I'm trying to take my time and enjoy it as much as I can.
Pretty much the same as what everyone else is suggesting. First, I set a comfortable budget. I picked a maximum number that I felt 100% okay with spending. After that, I sat down with FH and we created the first draft of our guest list. Then, I started researching venues that could comfortably house our maximum number for guests. Next, I hired a photographer and a photo booth guy.
1. Venue (especially if you have one that you're interested in)
2. Photographer (this was most important for me, because it was the only decision that was going to stretch way past the wedding day -- those pictures are memories for life.
Everyone else said budget and guest list. I personally had so many changes in my guest list along the way that I don't suggest putting too much effort into making one right away. Another common one I see is budget. With both of these things, it's really hard to make solid numbers this far ahead in the game. Sure, it'd be nice. But rounded estimates are much more realistic in my opinion.
1 Budget honestly the most important thing to us it to see how we can budget and cut back costs thankfully our parents are paying for 95% of the wedding
2. Venue we knew we wanted an outdoor spring wedding so this took the most time trying to find a venue in our budget and one we loved and since we booked it last year we got that price before it increased
3 Photographer we used our engagement photos to see if we wanted to book her for our wedding and we already knew we would because we LOVE her work and we vibed so well
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That’s kinda how I was feeling. I found a photographer but FH thinks we have time to get the rest of the stuff scheduled. I personally don’t think so. If you find someone you like at a great price, I say you jump on it.