1) Guest List & Budget: The first thing to do, before making any major decisions, is decide how big (or intimate) you want your reception to be, and how much room you have in your “Piggy Bank”. Be realistic with what you are comfortable spending, and try to base your guest list accordingly. On average, the cost for catering (food, rentals, and service staff) can range anywhere from $50.00 per person – $150.00 per person, depending on the style of menu, etc. The cost for the venue, florist, photographer, dress, beverages, honeymoon, etc will add to the overall budget. Do your research, and make sure you are comfortable with the costs before you book anything.
2) Venue: it is best to book a venue about 6 months to a year before your date. As most venues can only do one wedding a day, the most popular venues in Vancouver do tend to book up quickly. Note that some places will also not rent out their space more than a year in advance.
3) Caterer: once the venue has been booked, now is the time to start contacting caterers. As each venue has different requirements, the estimates will vary depending on where your reception is (and some venues have in house food service that you must use. Make sure you are happy with this option before you pay your deposit!).
4) Photographer, DJ’s, Decorator and Wedding Cake: This is the next step. Ask for referrals and references from friends, family, your caterer… there are many wedding vendors in Vancouver and word of mouth is the best way to start your search. Ask people you trust, and you will be sure to find a company that you are excited to work with. You want to start looking about 6 months or so in advance, as again the most popular vendors may book out quickly.
5) Date: You have decided to plan a wedding in less than a year – and the venue you want is sold out on every Saturday! Why not consider a Friday or Sunday wedding? As Saturdays are the most popular days for weddings, this also means that the other vendors you are interested in may be sold out as well. Rather than booking the date you want & sacrificing where it is and who you want to be a part of it, find a date where you can book your dream team. You will want to look back on your wedding as the best day in your life – not the day that you went with the second best!
6) When you hire the “Butler Did It”: We don’t just put the menu together for you. We book your rentals, work with the venue and coordinate with your other vendors. We execute the load in, set up, strike and load out at the end of the night. We can help with the time line, floor plan, and colour scheme and have many excellent referrals to make sure that your wedding day is everything you want it to be!
You have said, “Yes!” What is next? Planning a wedding should be one of the most exciting times in your life ~ it certainly does not have to be the most stressful! Below is a time line to help you know what important things need to happen when:
10- 12 Months Before:
6 – 9 Months Before:
3-6 Months Before:
1-2 Months before:
Last Two Weeks:
Last 48 hours:
On the Day:
After the Wedding/Honeymoon: