Searching for vendors for your upcoming Hudson Valley wedding would seem like a simple matter–especially if you already have some idea of who you want to hire for your big day. There are a number of excellent checklists and timelines available online that provide a great starting point for your vendor search. Many sites offer local vendor reviews as well as detailed advice on how and when to get started on each step of the wedding planning process.
However, the truth is, rather than asking “when should I hire my wedding vendors?” couples should be asking another question: “who is coming to my wedding?”
Bride and Groom’s First Dance at their Hudson Valley Wedding at the Links at Union Vale, Set to Music and Uplighting by DJ Bri Swatek, Courtesy of Owl’s Eye Studios
It is never too early, once you’re engaged and you’ve set your wedding date, to begin searching for your key vendors. This is especially true if you have certain vendors in mind. Simply put, the same vendor can not be in more than one place at one time, and once they’re booked, they’re no longer available. Chances are, if you’ve seen or heard of a vendor that you think is the right style for your big day, so have other couples as well. Professional wedding vendors who truly treat each wedding as if it were their own are often in demand long before the timelines suggested on traditional wedding planning checklists.
Even a “multi-op” company that offers several staff members under one name is still just a group of individuals–people who will eventually become booked as it gets closer to your wedding date. A professional wedding vendor will always provide you with a written contract stating exactly who is coming to your wedding and exactly who will be working for you on your big day. If a company seems great at the outset and claims that “they’re available” for your date but is then reluctant to give you the exact name of the person who is guaranteed to be at your wedding, it’s probably time to take a step back and look at your other options.
Bride and Groom’s Cake Cutting at their Hudson Valley Wedding at the Links at Union Vale, Set to Music and Uplighting by DJ Bri Swatek, Courtesy of Owl’s Eye Studios
Once you’ve set your wedding date, sites such as The Knot, WeddingWire, Huff Post Weddings, and Bridal Guide offer a wealth of local reviews, checklists and timelines for your upcoming Hudson Valley wedding:
The Knot — Planning a Wedding
WeddingWire — Wedding Timeline
Huffington Post — Wedding Planning Timeline
Bridal Guide — Countdown Calendar
The Knot — Wedding Checklist
WeddingWire — Wedding Checklist
Finally, if you do find that any of your top vendor choices are already booked for your wedding date, don’t hesitate to ask them for recommendations. Most professional wedding vendors network closely with a number of their “competitors” and would be more than happy to point you in the right direction toward similar services that would ensure the very best for your once-in-a-lifetime event.
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!
DJ Bri Swatek, Spinning with Style
Your DJ for Your Unique Style
in the Hudson Valley of New York