Once you get engaged, the next step is to start planning your wedding. Planning a wedding is no easy task, and during this process you and your other half will have lots of questions, lots of things you agree on, and some things you disagree on. And that’s perfectly normal, especially when considering all that goes into planning a wedding.
The main thing to remember is to stay focused and remember that when it’s all said and done, this day is about celebrating the love you share with one another. With that in mind, I’m going to lay out a few tips on what part of the wedding planning you need to be focusing on right now so you can get started on the right path.
Where To Start Planning Your Wedding
The first thing you need to do after the engagement is to make your announcement. Now a days with social media being what it is, most couples take to Facebook or Instagram to share any big news. And while there is nothing wrong with that, you want to make sure that you tell your closest friends and relatives first, especially your parents. You don’t want your parents finding out from someone who say your post on Facebook! So your first phone call should be to your parents, then you can take to social media with the exciting news!
Now once you have made your announcement and you are settling down from all the excitement, it’s time to start talking about the big day. There are 3 things you need to do in order to get started the right way. Let’s talk about them…
1. Get a rough idea of your dates – When you sit down with your other half to start the planning discussion, the very first thing you need to get is get a general idea of when you want to have your wedding. Now your probably not going to set an exact day right at the beginning, but you need to know what season, what month you want to get married in. You can start looking for venues or photographers or any other vendors unless you know when you are getting married.
2. Create a list of potential guests – The size of your wedding is going to play a big factor in where you are going to have your wedding reception, as well as the overall cost. This is why making your list is one of the first and most important steps to take. Now most likely you will end up cutting this list, but the first number is going to be your base and it’s going to be where you start.
3. Figure our the money situation – Traditionally, the grooms parents picks up the tab for the wedding. Now a lot has changed over the last few decades, so sometimes the brides parents get more involved and sometimes the couples themselves put up their own money. Whether you are paying for your wedding or your parents, it’s important to sit down with everyone and figure out what your budget is. Doesn’t matter where it’s coming from, you need to know what you have to work with.
Now, once you have all of this ready, you can start searching for venues and vendors. I recommend that you start your search for your wedding photographer first. The reason for that is because most wedding photographers are booked 6-12 months out so you want to nail one down as soon as possible. Plus, because wedding photographers have so much experience with weddings, they will be able to recommend other quality vendors like a caterer, DJ or band, and even a good reception hall!
Just remember that there is a lot work and focus that goes into planning your wedding. You number one greatest friend is going to be organization. So get a notebook or binder, separate it into sections for each part of your planning. Write everything down including prices so you can stay on track and stay on budget though the process. This will help avoid and disasters at the end like being over budget!