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      You’re getting married, congratulations! Now what? The planning process always seems to be a daunting task for the brides to be. But, as with most things in life, if you’re able to break it down into neat little chunks it becomes a much easier task to tackle.

      Thankfully, WeddingWire put together this nifty little infographic to help you on your way! Scroll below for a few local vendor recommendations as well.

      • 12 months:
        • Photographer: when I meet with potential clients I oftentimes am asked, “When is a good time to book you?” The short answer is, “the sooner the better!” But the 12 month mark is a good place to start. Photographers tend to book out a year in advance and it’s a good idea to start doing your research and meeting with local photographers then. Preferably we’ll be able to meet face to face but it’s understandable that that’s not always the case. I book a lot of out-of-state clients and in those instances we can virtually meet via Skype/FaceTime/Google Hangouts and get to know each other a little better then. The biggest reason for meeting face to face is to make sure that we’ll be a good match and get along well. We’ll be spending a lot of time together on your wedding day so this is important! I want to make sure you’ll trust me so that I’ll be able to do the best job that I can.
          Sometimes people make plans at the last minute and only have a few months notice before they start planning, what then? Reach out anyway. You never know! If I have availability I’ll be more than happy to work with you and if I don’t, I’ll reach out to local photographer friends and send you a list of referrals of those who are available. Either way, I’m here to help.
        • Wedding Planner: the planner is also a very important part of your wedding day and someone who could make your life so much easier! I see a lot of couples opt to do everything DIY and plan everything themselves, which is perfectly fine and admirable. But if you go this route, please, for the love of all that is holy, hire a day-of-coordinator at least! The last thing you want to do on your wedding day is worry about setting up and without a day-of-coordinator, people undoubtedly will start coming to you to ask for help. Here are some wedding planners who I’ve adored working with and really know their stuff:
      • 10 months:
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      • 7 months:
      • 6 months:

      While you’re at it, make sure you download this handy checklist to make sure there isn’t anything you’ve forgotten. I hope this helps to all the future brides planning their wedding day!

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