When Is It Too Late to Make Changes with Vendors?

Etiquette, Planning Tips
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There's a reason they call it the creative process: A lot of back-and-forth goes into creating a vision and transforming it into a design scheme that can be executed on your wedding day! But while you might go through a few rounds of changes when you first start planning and interviewing vendors, how late is too late to make a big change to the plan? Our experts weigh in.

When you're hiring your creative team of wedding vendors, take a look at the details of their contract. Do they specify how far in advance they need things like final numbers or your signature for approval? This is pretty common with vendors like caterers and stationers, and if any of your vendors specify it, keep that date in mind if you get a big idea toward the end of the process!

When it comes to your stationery suite, talk to your designer about how many rounds of designs they include in your contract, as well as the latest date you could possibly order your invitations. Be prepared to pay extra if you need to make one last tweak (or come up with something totally different!), and respect that the deadline isn't just for the designer — they have to account for printing, cutting, and delivery time, too.

Talking to your planner about something you saw at a wedding last weekend that you'd LOVE to include? If you're early on in the process, you might be able to weave some of it into your design. Getting married next month? You may have missed the boat. From ordering rentals to creating floor plans to finalizing the linen colors, your planner has ironed out all of the details, and doing a design 180 won't enhance your wedding, it will turn it into a mishmash of inspirations — or your planner will have to tell you no.

Instead, do your research early on. Read bridal magazines, browse the web, and look at sources that aren't even wedding-related to find details and inspiration that you can weave into your wedding in different ways, whether it's the menu of your favorite restaurant or a pillow with a killer print at your local design store. Then work with your vendors to narrow things down, define your vision, and go from there!

See more: Hiring a Wedding Planner? Here's How to Make the Most of Their Services

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