Peruse through my favorite venues in Arizona, look through hashtags online, or reach out to me for additional recs. Once you’ve nailed down some favorites, go visit the venues with your partner. Make it fun! Wear white, make it a date night/day, and picture yourselves saying I do or partying with your besties all night long. Ask all the questions you may have (can we bring outside caterers, how much is the open bar, do you have decor we can rent, how long is the venue rental, is there a getting ready suite, etc.) and take notes!
Once you’ve picked a venue, paid their deposit and locked down your wedding date… celebrate!! Then, onto the next.
Seriously, dates book up quickly! Most photographers and videographers limit their wedding intake to 30-40 weddings per year or less– that means this is the first vendor you need to lock down! I only take on 25 weddings per year to be able to serve my clients best. Once you’ve decided that I’m at the top of your list, fill out the contact form on my website. I have lots of get to know ya questions that help me to (1) determine if we are a great fit and (2) start learning what makes your heart beat louder so that I can tailor your wedding experience just for you. I’ll send over my pricing guide and then we’ll hop on a call and answer all your questions and get to know each other a bit more. We’ll also talk logistics things like how important it is to read your contract (the attorney in me!). I’ll send out a contract and invoice for your nonrefundable retainer and BOOM… you’re booked!!
There are so many tiny decisions that go into planning a wedding. Some couples find it invigorating, others would prefer to set the vibe and let the pros go to work. The benefits of a wedding planner are truly endless. They recommend vendors, communicate with vendors, do all of the pick ups and drop offs and set up and tear down. They, essentially, execute your vision from the moment you meet until you’re off to your honeymoon. My favorites in the Phoenix valley are Konsider It Done and Riding Tandem.