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Whilst you can DIY many aspects of your wedding (as well as relying on friends and family), most couples like to hire professionals to take away the stress and ensure that their day goes smoothly. Here are a few of the professionals you may want to hire for you day and what to look for when hiring them.
Food and drink
Your venue may be able to provide food and drink. If not, you’ll need to hire a catering service. You should decide whether you want a sit down meal or a buffet service – the latter can be cheaper as you won’t have to pay for waiting staff. This site https://www.pickleshack.co.uk/booking-your-wedding-catering/ offers a guide on choosing a catering service that could be worth reading.
A professional photographer is also worth hiring to take pictures of your special day. You could even opt for a videographer to take video footage. When choosing a photographer, look at online portfolios to get a good idea of their experience and book early (the best photographers may have bookings up to nine months in advance).
Hair and makeup
In order to look beautiful on your special day, you’ll probably want to hire a bridal stylist. Like photographers, these individuals can book up early and you’ll want to make an appointment beforehand to decide on your style and practice your look. You may be able to hire a general stylist to do your hair and makeup, however you should ensure that they can do bridal hairstyles.
Entertainment is also an important aspect to consider. Most couples hire a DJ, but there are other options to consider too. For instance, you may prefer to book a live band – sites like https://www.alivenetwork.com/hirelivemusic/bands-for-weddings-in?region=Scotland can allow you to search for live bands in your area. There are also entertainment options beyond music such as magicians, kids’ entertainers and fireworks to consider. Leave enough time to book them and to go over the details of their performance (with DJs and bands you may want to decide on which songs to play – especially during the first dance).
The cake is something you’ll want to arrange a few months in advance too. Leave it too late and you may find that many cake makers already have a queue of cakes to get through and can’t fit you in. Cake makers will usually have portfolios that you can view so that you get an idea of the types of cakes they’re used to making and whether they are able to do the style you’re looking for.
Arranging decorations may require hiring numerous professionals. A florist is likely to be required for choosing flowers, whilst specialists may be needed for lighting and banners. That said there are wedding decoration companies out there that can do all of this.
When it comes to getting to your wedding in style, hiring transport can also be important. This could include anything from a horse and carriage to a limousine. You may not have to book this as early as the other wedding professionals on this list, however it’s still worth arranging it a couple months before the wedding so that your dream vehicle is available.
If this all sounds like a lot stressful organising, you may find it easier to simply hire a wedding planner who can hire all these professionals for you. Wedding planners need to be booked very early – ideally more than nine months ahead. This guide https://www.weddingwire.com/wedding-ideas/choosing-the-right-wedding-planner offers advice on choosing the right wedding planner.