Congratulations! You just got engaged, so what now? Here are six tips to help you prepare for your wedding planning process.
Setting a Budget
This is the most important part of your wedding planning; setting a budget. Set one that is realistic to your finances or the finances of those paying for the wedding. Don’t expect to have a $30,000 wedding on a $10,000 budget.
Don’t worry about the wedding favors before your dress; do not put the floral arrangements before the invitations. Use a step by step guideline to help you out with this if needed and make sure you are following the dates closely. Unless you are buying off the rack, it is true that you should order your wedding dress no less than 8 months in advance!
Organization is a big part of planning for a wedding. Create some file folders and keep everything in one place so it can be easily found. Keep a notebook and calendar noting important dates such as making last payments or meeting with a caterer. Make sure to write down everyone’s phone numbers in case anything happens to your cell phone and you lose the number.
Researching Ceremony and Reception Locations
Whether it is a church, outdoors or elsewhere, researching your ceremony and reception locations are important. Things to factor in other than cost would be how much parking there is available, accessibility for the elderly or differently abled, if catering is available, how many people can the hall fit, are there certain licenses required, etc.
Researching and Collecting Wedding Ideas
You may already have a Pinterest board filled with ideas you want to see come to life on your special day, but now with a budget in place and your reception and ceremony locations picked, you may find that your favorite beach wedding favors don’t exactly fit in with your planned rustic wedding.
Hiring a Wedding Planner
Hiring a wedding planner has become more popular in the past couple of years, especially if you are having a destination wedding. Once they have your set budget, wedding ideas and ideal locations they will be able to begin piecing everything together for your special day. Hiring a wedding planner is practically a must have for those who are too busy to spend the hours researching and planning that are required for a wedding.
Take your time and plan but most of all don’t forget to enjoy your engagement. If you have any questions or comments about how to begin the wedding planning process email us at firstname.lastname@example.org