What Wedding Vendors Do You Book First?

So you’ve started wedding planning and it’s kinda overwhelming? Not sure which vendors to book first? No worries, we’re here to help.

Let’s start by detailing the vendors you’ll need:

The first thing you’ll need is a venue. With the venue comes the day and location which anchors everything else.

Contact ShaadiShop or visit our main website,
to use our free venue-finder.

Next: Caterer, Decorator, DJ, Photo, Cinema
For most people the caterer is super important as we all know, food is a big deal at South Asian weddings. DJs and decorators are integral to the whole experience and your photo/cinema team are responsible for capturing the memories that will last a lifetime.

3rd: Officiant, Cake, Hair & Makeup
Once you have the biggest items selected, move on to the next wave of things you’ll need. Officiant, cake, hair & makeup all require tastings, trials, and coordinating schedules which can be difficult so get those underway. Ideally 6 to 4 months before the wedding.

4th: Shopping, invitations, and mehndi
Send a Save the Date out ASAP and invitations, ideally at least 3 months prior.

Note: Visit our Vendor Directory, for info on some of the best vendors!

Note: Ele baraat: there’s 1 vendor for an ele baraat in Socal. So if that’s your must-have, contact them early-on to get on the calendar.

Note: Steps 2-4 are subjective. Switch the order based on what’s most important to you.


How much should you budget for a South Asian wedding?
Send us an email to get our  Wedding Budget Infographic.          

Email: samta@shaadishop.co (.co is the new .com)

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