When to Book Your Wedding Professionals - mandelettephoto.com

When to Book Your Wedding Professionals


Client Experience, Wedding

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So you’re engaged!!! This is one of the most exciting times to cherish in your life, and you are all set to get started on all of those planning details. I have organized a list of the order in which to book your wedding professionals with some recommendations of my favorite trusted vendors, too!

1. Planner

Book your planner before you book just about anything else. They can give you tips on how to save on a venue, what vendors they have used with success, and what time of day to hold your wedding. 

Trusted Vendors:

Marquette Avenue Events

Brianne is an expert in luxury weddings. From florists to cake vendors, she has all of the connections!

Weber Events

Kirstyn plans so smoothly and is so sweet. Perfect for intimate weddings and down-home events!

2. Venue

Booking your venue is one of the most important decisions you can make for your wedding day! I have a few recommendations that I have worked with, and you can choose from these based on what you are looking for in terms of price, ambiance, etc. 

Intercontinental Hotel Chicago

Tara is a gem, and will go above and beyond to make your wedding day perfect! This venue is a luxurious dream at a premium price point, and is worth every penny! From city views to daring, elegant ballrooms to a gorgeous pool area, this place has it all. 

Ace Hotel Chicago

Ginny is sweet as pie, and she will show you the different spaces you can book. This hotel offers special pricing for different seasons, so you can save big while having gorgeous rooftop views and food that is to die for! 

W Chicago Lakeshore

Robin is super professional, and easy to speak with. She even invited me in for a drink! This venue has excellent food, cute ballrooms, and an adorable rooftop with gorgeous planters for more intimate ceremonies! I recommend it for a luxury experience that meets price points by guest list size. 

Salvage One Chicago

If you’re a spunky bride with a passion for antiquities, this venue is for you! (Featured in the picture above). I love shooting here, and you may find it’s a good fit for the off-the-beaten-path vibe you seek.

Carriage Greens Country Club

If you’re looking for value, to have your wedding look like a million bucks, and perhaps get married outdoors, this venue is for you! Brian is super sweet and always willing to go above and beyond for his clients. He even let me host a styled shoot on his property! To see the styled shoot, contact me 🙂

3. Photographer 

Photographers book up fast! (I book up as far as 2 years in advance), so to ensure you are booking with the photo taker of your dreams, contact them as soon as you have secured a wedding date, or even beforehand for engagement photos! If you book in the winter months or slow season, it is possible that I may have your date available, but I generally recommend booking at least a year in advance. I don’t require working with a planner, but always recommend it. If you don’t have a planner, I have wedding timeline templates and trusted vendor referrals I can send your way. If I am not available on your wedding date, I can help you find a trusted professional who is, or even book one for you!

4. Leave the rest up to your planner! Details, florists, cakes, etc, can all be secured with ease with someone to make sure your special day is stress-free. 

BONUS: Transportation

 Classic Wedding Car Chicago Sarah Mandel

Classic Wedding Car Chicago

Sarah (my mom) offers classic wedding transportation from trolleys to buses to limos to Rolls Royces and Bentleys! She has 5 star reviews across the board and never fails to keep her clients happy. 


Thanks for reading!


Rachel Mandel

Mandelette Photography

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