How and When to Hire a Wedding Decorator

The excitement of an engagement can also come with the stress of planning out your special day. But the more prepared you are beforehand, the more you can minimize this stress. Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind when creating your wedding timeline and hiring your wedding decorator. 

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When to Hire a Decorator

When you hire your wedding decorator will depend on how much time you have between your engagement and wedding. Typically, it's better to hire a decorator about 6-12 months prior to your wedding, but you can hire a decorator closer to the wedding date depending on their availability.

Who should you hire? That depends on what you're looking for. You'll have to ask yourself a few questions before hiring a decorator. Are you planning an extravagant day or an intimate gathering? Do you need florals from your decorator or are you getting them elsewhere? Does your dream decorator work within the area of your venue or will they need to travel far to get there?

How to Hire a Decorator

A good way to start your search is to ask family and friends for recommendations. Otherwise, you can search local business listings or look around online. Once you've narrowed down a list of decorators, check out their websites and social media channels. This will give you a sense of their style of decorating and the products and services they offer. 

When you find a decorator whose style aligns with your vision, reach out to them. Many decorators offer a free consultation, where you can set up a time to meet with them and discuss your dream decor and budget. Once you find a decorator who is within your budget and offers the decor you're searching for, you're ready to start planning.

In the months leading up to the wedding, it's important to keep your decorator in the loop about when they'll be able to get into the venue to decorate and any other information that may arise during the planning phase to minimize stress and ensure your wedding day runs smoothly.

What advice do you have for couples looking for a decorator? What is the timeline you followed? Let me know in the comments below!