When you get your child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah date 2-3 years in advance, it’s easy to think you have plenty of time to plan. And, for the most part, you do have a ton of time. However, if you know you want that amazing photographer or killer DJ, in-demand venue, or amazing Mitzvah Planner, get on it! Here are 4 reasons to book those Mitzvah vendors early.
1. Make sure you get your preferred Mitzvah vendors
First and most important is to make sure you get the Mitzvah vendors your want. Great venues and vendors are well known in each community and because of that, they can book fast! If you know you definitely want to work with someone or at a specific venue, call them as soon as you get your date. You don’t want to wind up disappointed because you waited and someone else was faster. Make the call or send the email!
2. Potentially save money
Many vendors raise their rates annually or every few years, if you sign the contract now, you’ll be locked in at today’s price. Win!
3. Spread out the spending
Speaking of money, we all know that Mitzvahs can be expensive. By starting early, you’ll be able to put down deposits years in advance giving you time to save for other vendors. It will also ease the pinch of having to write a ton of deposit checks at one time.
4. Peace of mind
By securing those favored vendors early, you’ll have plenty of time to relax in your planning and do nothing. Even if a venue or vendor isn’t booking so far out, you’ll have an idea of when they will book, so you can be first in line. You’ll have the peace of mind that you have a Mitzvah vendor team in place that is going to give you the event of your child’s dreams.
Exception to the “book Mitzvah vendors early” rule
If you’re already in the middle of the Mitzvah planning process with an older sibling, wait until after their event to make sure you’re happy with the vendors. Then rebook them stat, if you’re happy with how things went!
Word of Warning
There is some risk in signing so early, as a lot can happen in 2 or 3 years–vendors can go bankrupt or out of business, staff can change, venues can start construction or your child’s tastes can change. Make sure you read contracts carefully to see how you are covered in these different scenarios. Check in with your contacts every 6 months or so, just to say hi and make sure they’re still kickin’. By choosing vendors that are seasoned and well-respected in your community, you likely won’t have to worry about any of these issues, but it never hurts to be prepared!