The Fabulous Five: Your First Wedding Planning Heroes

Now that you’ve said ‘yes’ and celebrated your engagement, it’s time to dive into the exciting world of wedding planning! To ensure your big day is nothing short of spectacular, you’ll want to make sure to book these five vendors first.

1.Your Venue: Where Your Wedding Vision Comes to Life

Your venue sets the stage for your love story. Whether you’re dreaming of an intimate garden affair or a grand ballroom bash, locking down the perfect venue is key to bringing your vision to life.

Average Cost in Columbus, Ohio: $5,000 – $15,000+ (this varies widely based on location, season, day of the week and the amenities provided)

Booking Tip: Aim to book your venue 12-24 months ahead for prime availability. Also remember that the more popular venues and dates will book up the fastest. So if you have your heart set on a September Saturday here in Ohio, at one of Columbus’ top venues, chances are, they are booking out closer to the 18-24 month range.

2. Wedding Photographer (and Videographer): Capturing Your Love Story

Your wedding day is a masterpiece in the making, and a stellar photographer (and/or videographer) is your visual storyteller. From candid moments to epic poses, they help to capture every moment, turning your wedding day into a gallery of memories that will last a lifetime.

Average Cost in Columbus, Ohio: $3,000 – $5,000+

Booking Tip: Secure your date 12-18 months in advance, especially if you’re tying the knot during peak wedding season.

3. Caterer: Satisfying Meals to Help Your Guests Dance the Night Away

Because, let’s be honest, a happy tummy equals a happy heart. From mouthwatering appetizers to the pièce de résistance, a fantastic caterer ensures your guests get the delicious nourishment they need to help you celebrate all the way through to your grand exit.

Average Cost in Columbus, Ohio: $50 – $150 per person

Booking Tip: Secure your caterer 8-12 months before your big day, especially if you’re eyeing a popular catering team.

4. Florist: Blooms to Brighten Your Day

Flowers add a touch of magic to any celebration. Whether you’re envisioning a lush bouquet or whimsical centerpieces, a skilled florist brings your floral fantasies to life.

Average Cost in Columbus, Ohio: $2,000 – $5,000

Booking Tip: Plan to book your florist 8-12 months ahead, especially if your heart is set on seasonal blooms.

5. Entertainment: Setting the Mood for Memorable Moments

From the ceremony to the dance floor, a fantastic DJ or band keeps the energy high and the celebration flowing. They’re the maestros of your wedding soundtrack.

Average Cost in Columbus, Ohio: $1,000 – $3,000

Booking Tip: Secure your entertainment 8-12 months in advance, especially if they’re the life of the party in high demand.

Your first fantastic five vendors to kick off your wedding planning adventure. Now, grab your checklist, a cup of coffee, and let the planning commence!