You just got engaged and now have a whole wedding to plan, so where do you start? You don't want to be "late" in the planning process as that will result in you not getting the "pick of the litter" with your wedding professionals, the longer you wait, the less choice you have on your wedding professionals.
It is the season of engagements which means roughly 43% of engagements just happened and are all planning their wedding. According to WeddingChannel.com's Real Weddings Study, the average length of an engagement is 13.8 months, which also means the majority of weddings will occur at the same time, our prime time.
It’s highly recommended to have a rough idea of your guest list before you even start thinking about the cake, flowers, and venue. But once you have that down here is what we are professionals DJs would recommend.
Remember, every wedding planning website has their own wedding planning timeline and their thoughts on when to book what which always baffles us since you should do what is important to you first. We recommend deciding on your venue first since most other professionals will not be able to tell you if they are available if you do not have a date and location for your wedding yet.
From there the most popular things to get checked off your list are: (in no particular order)
Caterer (if your venue does not provide food)
Wedding Planner/Day of Coordinator
Our advice for when to book your Wedding DJ:
The Knot: 9-11 months
WeddingWire: 9 months
Brides.com: 6 months
Our suggestion: 10-12 months
Last year the majority of our couples booked 8-10 months out. At Arpeggio, a lot of couples seem surprised that we are completely sold out at 6-8 months before their wedding date. Waiting too long to book your wedding DJ will leave you with a limited number of available DJs to choose from. Currently, we have limited availability in the two HOT months September and October.
Don’t forget to use your professionals for recommendations for other services you are looking for. They will know who will fit into your style, budget and who they trust to work with which is the most important thing.