You're Engaged! Congratulations! You are both now at the very beginning of one of the most exciting moments in your life. You're going to share the news with your friends and family, post to social media, and then dive head first into Pinterest. Most importantly, you have just made the decision to spend the rest of your life with your soulmate! And that is just such a beautiful thing.
Weddings are hard work! There are lots of little parts and pieces to consider. It might seem a little overwhelming at first and you might be left a little lost on where to start. We put together a guide to help you get started!
1. Discuss and list the things that are most important to you.
Have you always dreamed of an outdoor wedding? Or do you have a wedding dress that has been in your family for generations that you want to wear? Maybe you need to make sure all of your siblings are in the wedding party. Or maybe you just want to make sure there is lots of time to hit the dance floor. Whatever it is, make sure you and your future spouse have your *must haves* listed. This will help make sure you're both on the same page and will keep planning going smoothly!
2. Put together a rough draft of your guest list.
This doesn't have to be your final say in who will attend. But it is good to have a general idea of the size of wedding you're about to plan. This number can affect a lot of things. The venue you pick, your budget, the cost of your caterer, etc. Make sure you account for those who will bring dates and children.
3. Discuss your budget.
Now the real planning begins! Once you have a solid idea on what your budget is, you can start looking into vendors! Making a spreadsheet of this information can help you a ton in the long run. It can help you keep track of quotes as well! Create a spreadsheet showing each item from your wedding with columns showing what your budget is for that item, what you were quoted for that item, and what you ended up paying. Don't forget to keep your receipts!
4. Consider a Wedding Planner.
A wedding planner can be a total life saver. When mishaps happen, (and believe us, they totally will), it is so nice having someone who can deal with the issues and keep your day running smoothly. You'll be so busy from now until after the wedding it can be great knowing there's someone keeping things on track.
5. Pick your venue.
Unless a specific date is very important to you, you may want to hold off on choosing a date until you've looked into venues. Venues book up fast. So if you have your heart set on a specific venue or area, it might be better to choose a date based on the availability of a venue you love. Now that you have your budget and your estimated guest list, you should have no problem searching for a venue that fits your needs!
6. Choose your date.
It's time to choose your date! Yay! Make sure you check in with your closest friends and family to make sure there aren't any plans already set in stone. Decide on what season you want and make sure you check the average temps and precipitation if you're planning an outdoor wedding! Narrow it down to a month, then choose your day, and now you're set! Get started on the countdown!
7. Schedule some cake tastings.
Should this really be one of the first things you do? Absolutely. This is one of the best parts of wedding planning. Trust us. You're going to love it. It even acts as a great date night! You may not both be huge on wedding planning. But who doesn't love dessert? This will give you both a great opportunity to bond over the process of wedding planning. Not a fan of cake? Opt for other sweet treats. We've seen donuts, mini cakes, cupcakes, pies, and even candy bars. Remember, this is your wedding! Do what makes you happy!
8. Book your Photographer.
Personally, I'd like to put this as your number 1. At the end of the day and when years have passed, photographs are what last. Your photographs will be there to remind you of each detail you planned and put into place. We are with you from the moment you begin getting ready, through the first look at your future husband or wife, dancing with your family and friends, all the way to your grand exit. We will catch details you may have missed, and details you'd like to remember forever. Photographers typically book a year in advance. So when you find the photographer you love, be sure to book them quickly! Not to mention, we're pretty connected with the wedding scene. We can give you all sorts of advice and referrals for wedding planning.
9. Get Organized.
Create a folder to help you stay organized. Keep all of your quotes, contracts, and receipts for all of your vendors. This will help you contact them if you have any questions in the future. It will also allow you to provide documentation if there are any mix-ups. Most vendors will be very organized. So you don't have to worry too much. But be weary of any vendors who do not require signed documentation for hire!
10. Spend Time Together.
Seriously! Plan time to spend together! Planning can get hectic and time is going to fly by. You're only engaged for just a short while. Find as many ways as possible to just relax and enjoy this time together! Wedding planning should be fun. Make sure you're planning things that make you happy!
Happy planning and congrats again! Marriage is awesome!
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