Caitlyn
Featured January 2020 Ontario

Tell Me all about Booking your First Vendor!!!

Caitlyn, on 8/July/2019 at 17:20 Posted in Plan a wedding
Every couple has to start somewhere with planning!

One of of the most exciting points in my journey so far in planning was booking my first vendor!

My first vendor was my venue, the Eglinton Grand! We had wanted to book the venue first before any vendors as it would be the largest cost, would influence the theme/look/feel of our wedding, and would effect our wedding date. It was the first venue that we visited and we both walked out of the initial meeting feeling like it was perfect for us. The upcoming wedding and marriage just seemed so much more real once we signed that contract and officially had booked something for the wedding. The wedding planning ball was officially rolling!!!!

How was the first vendor you guys all booked?

How many vendors did you check out before you found “the one” and how long into your engagement did you book your first vendor?

How did that first booking make you feel? Relieved? Excited? Accomplished? Anxious? Like your wedding was finally becoming real?

Tell me all about it!!!
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  • Geneviève
    Devoted September 2020 Ontario
    Geneviève ·

    We also started with our vendor, the Ancaster Mill. We actually picked it during a 'dream wedding' conversation 5 months in, so we were so excited when they were able to accommodate us.

    We arranged a meeting, and everyone was so nice and genuinely interested in making our day a success (which as a same-sex couple, that's not the way everyone is). We attended their wedding vendor fair, and the team remembered us and made us feel well taken care of all over again! Even when we go to the restaurant for dinner (cause the food is to die for), the staff are so great, and congratulate us on our upcoming big day.

    Seeing that we booked it makes us both so excited for the wedding. Zero regrets here for sure!

  • Caitlyn
    Featured January 2020 Ontario
    Caitlyn ·
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    What a relief! I was so glad that our venue looks after the food too.
  • Caitlyn
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    Caitlyn ·
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    That is fantastic! No venue regrets, I am so glad.
  • Rebecca
    Newbie October 2020 Ontario
    Rebecca ·

    Our first vendor was also our venue after 2 months of being engaged.

    After feeling a bit defeated from emailing what felt like an endless amount of venues to narrowing it down to a top five within budget...we saw all 5 venues before finding the one. The more we learned about our venue the more we feel absolutely in love with it and I couldn't be happier with our choice

  • Sadia
    Beginner July 2020 Ontario
    Sadia ·
    Our first vendor was also our venue! It was the second place we visited and it fit our needs so perfectly! They’ll be doing our catering AND decor which was a huge stress reliever for us.
  • Rachael
    Super October 2019 Ontario
    Rachael ·

    The first vendor my fiancé and I booked was also our venue! We looked at a few, but decided not to look at others after seeing "the one." We began looking a month or two after our engagement, I think.

  • Caitlyn
    Featured January 2020 Ontario
    Caitlyn ·
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    That's so nice that your venue will do that for you. It helps so you can save up a little longer for the deposit, but not lose your venue and the date.

  • M
    Beginner July 2021 New Brunswick
    Megan ·
    Our first booking was our photographer. Our venue said they are going to contact us when someone else inquires about the same date, then we need to place the deposit ( a kinda friend in the community)
  • Allison
    Master October 2019 Ontario
    Allison ·

    Our first vendor was also our venue! We wanted to nail down where we were getting married so we could start basing our other vendors off our location (we had 3 different cities in mind - Thunder Bay, London, Windsor). We checked out around 2-3 for each city, so nearly 6-9 venues but we only saw the one in person, which was the one my parents were pushing more for lol. We ended up going with that one since it was our favourite for that city (London).

    We officially booked it 20 months before our wedding, so 4 months into our engagement. The venue search itself wasn't stressful, but finding which city was. We ended with London since it is the most central to people - it didn't matter where the wedding was, 75-90% would have to travel quite a ways. Once we picked our city, the venue came quickly, and we were excited to have our location!

  • Katelyn
    Devoted October 2019 Ontario
    Katelyn ·
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    Absolutely. And they are so good about answering emails immediately and answering all of my absurd questions.
  • Caitlyn
    Featured January 2020 Ontario
    Caitlyn ·
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    One stop shop! It's so great when the venue takes care off all those other little things as well, less for you to worry about and organize.

  • Caitlyn
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    Caitlyn ·
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    Yay for choosing your first venue like us! I hadn't heard of a venue that only lets you book a year in advance, but at least you got it and you are happy!

  • Katelyn
    Devoted October 2019 Ontario
    Katelyn ·
    Our first vendor was our venue. We booked with The Venue in Peterborough. We went in for a showing (our first venue showing) because I had seen photos outside their window of other weddings and just had to go check it out. I honestly didn't think we would be able to afford it but holy moly their packages are unbelievable. We booked with them within like 3 or 4 days. And it was the best decision they are so helpful. And everything is looked after food, coordinator, set up and tear down, audio visual equipment, ect. We just needed a dessert caterer, DJ, officiant, florist, and photographer. It's made planning much easier than it would have been.
  • Missa
    Frequent user August 2019 New Brunswick
    Missa ·

    We booked our venue/photographer on the same day. I always wanted to have this specific photographer so I was so excited to be able to do so!

  • Seleena
    Featured September 2019 British Columbia
    Seleena ·

    We booked our venue first. It was actually the only venue we ended up looking at and absolutely LOVED it. I looked at quite a few online, but they were all way out of our budget. We visited in July, and couldn't officially book it until September. They only let you book one year in advance.

    But, we did it, and it's beautiful and I am so happy we chose this venue.

  • Bianca
    Featured August 2019 Ontario
    Bianca ·

    We booked our venue first because everything would have to work around it. I must have looked at 40-50 places online (and contacted each one) before I narrowed it down to 20 or so that I liked. Then I was able to book dates to see around 8 or 9, then went from there.

    And as for when it became real, like, every day it is getting SO REAL. It's 25 days to go and I don't think it's completely hit me yet. I have random moments where I'm super calm, or my eye is constantly twitching from stress lol.

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