So you have the date for your wedding confirmed, and booked  your venue. Think you can hold off booking the rest of your suppliers until you’re ready?  You might want to think again. The earlier you book, the better. Here’s the reasons why:

1.  Better choice

A lot of wedding suppliers book out well in advance, especially if they are good at what they do. Depending on where you are located, it’s not unusual for suppliers to be booked out well over a year in advance, especially in peak wedding periods. So if you have your heart set on a particular baker, photographer, celebrant or entertainer, book them in as soon as possible to avoid regret.

2. More options

The longer you give yourself, the more options you’ll have. Especially when looking for things like bridesmaids dresses and groomsmen’s accessories – it can actually take a fair bit of time to find items to suit everyone in the bridal party that they also feel comfortable in.

 3. Less stress

The planning logistics for a wedding can be stressful enough without giving yourself an unnecessary time crunch.   You want to make your wedding planning journey as smooth as possible, not spending it stressed out of your head wondering if you’ll be able to find a florist or get last minute alterations done.

4. Payment options

The greater the amount of time between your big day and the day you pay a retainer to a supplier, the more options you’ll have for payment plans. You can have everything paid off in advance. If you leave booking your suppliers until the last few weeks before the wedding you’ll end up paying for it all at once. You can try spreading out payments over a year or more!

5. Lower prices

You might have sussed out the suppliers that you absolutely want to have for your big day and have worked out that you can afford them in your budget. But you put off booking with them for 6 months and… even if they are still free on your date, their prices have gone up. Way up! If you’d booked when you first checked out their prices you’d have been able to secure the cheaper rate!

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