We just booked our venue, next up is photographer and dress. Should I made a rough day-of timeline sooner rather than later? I’m just curious what the best approach is. Any advice is appreciated! Our wedding is October 2020.
My advice, don't focus on your timeline yet. You have so many variables still. You will need to discuss the timelines of each vendor before you even have a real idea of how long everything will take and who will be where when. It's definitely a good idea to be organized, but that one wasn't a priority for me until now and I have 2 months to go. Good luck in all your planning.
I'm doing everything in order of what I think sounds fun at the time. I picked my dress, then I picked my caterer, then I picked my colors, then I picked my venue(s) and let them pick my date and most of my timeline, picked my photographer after that, and then I made my center pieces. I have a long engagement so I have the time to do whatever I want right now.
You want a a rough timeline before you pick a photographer unless you are planning to shell out for an all day package. I was not and am only getting 3 hours coverage so I had to make sure my photographers were getting what I want them to get before they leave.
Your timeline is something that you will work on / finalize in the final "weeks" leading up to your wedding, with the help of your vendors (HMUA, photographer, officiant, DOC, caterer, etc.). Their input will matter, and they can't really provide their input until they know your final guest count. You can go ahead and decide on the time of day you want your ceremony to be though. Otherwise, leave the "little details" till closer to the wedding, and concentrate now on all of your vendors & guest list. Happy Planning!
We did venue, photography, DJ, then caterer. My advice is sooner rather than later because I was researching and planning 2 years in advance and some of the vendors I looked into for photography and DJ were already booked for my day way back in late 2017!
I think having a rough timeline isn't a bad idea. As PPs said, you'll want to know things like how long you need a photographer for, if you're doing a first look, how long you want the venue for, etc. It doesn't have to be detailed, and it definitely shouldn't be final, but I think it helps.
My wedding is October of this year and I still don't even have a rough draft of the full timeline written down. Just ceremony start time, reception end time, and when we will begin getting ready. I haven't come up with the reception event timeline yet. I don't think that's a major focus at all yet for you. I would continue on with florist, dj, photobooth (if you want), and photographer as you said next.