From wedding caterers to decor and planners, we’ve got all of them and more at our wedding shows and our vendors tab for you to choose from. At Forever Bridal we believe you should meet with both, the professionals and service providers, you’ll need for your wedding easily and in one place.

That’s why we bring top experts in their industry and experienced vendors together at our wedding shows through out the year. However, at what point should you book the vendors needed for your wedding? This post will help with that. We have put together a general list of the wedding professionals that you will need and when it’s time to book them.


ISV behind scenes reception

Island Sound and Video
  • Wedding and Reception Venue

When it comes to your wedding and reception venue, the best time is roughly 18 months before your wedding. This is so that the wedding planner and other vendors that you hire can have an idea of the space that they will be working with and plan accordingly.


  • The Wedding Band Or DJ

Book them at least 12 months before. You do not want all the good entertainers snatched up by other couples or events. Some bands are flexible for whatever time you call them, but why take the chance?  We strongly advise at least 12 months prior.


  • The Wedding Planner

Meet with and hire immediately after your engagement! We suggest you do not waste time on this one at all. Your wedding planner or coordinator should be the very first wedding pro you hire. Before you book them, you should try to have few pieces of information in mind, like what kind of ceremony you want to have, the style, etc.

Rocky Top Catering plate

Rocky Top Catering 
  • The Caterer

You should book a caterer about 10 to 12 months before your wedding. Just make sure to have your reception site picked out already in order for them to tell you what they can do with the space.


  • The Photographer and Videographer

They are quite important for your wedding day and you should book them 10 to 11 months in advance. This is because the outstanding ones are always booked well in advance and you don’t want to have to settle.


  • The Officiant

If your venue is not already providing an officiant, you’re going to have to hire one.  It would be a good idea to plan this out 8 months in advance.  If you’re not sure who to get, your wedding planner should be able to help.


  • The Florist

Florists can typically handle more than one wedding a week, although booking yours at least 8 months prior will ensure that you get who you want.

It is important to follow your timeline when booking your wedding pros.  They do book up quickly as they are limited to how many weddings they can do a year.  Use our wedding directory as a resource for all your wedding needs and desires.  Have any further questions? Contact us today!