Wedding Planning 101: What to Start Planning First
Where to start!?! It all seems a bit overwhelming, doesn’t it??
Getting engaged is such an exciting time, but looking at the long to do list ahead of you cant be a it of a downer. There is so much that goes into planning a wedding that it’s often difficult to know where to start.
If you and your partner would like to start planning your wedding day, here is what you should focus on first:
Set a Date
Before you start searching for the perfect venue, you’re going to need to have a date in mind. You should also keep in mind that not all venues will have your date available so it’s best to have a few options in mind so that if you do happen to find a venue that really speaks to you, you will have several different dates to choose from.
The Bigger Picture
Yes, the smaller details such as finding your dream dress and deciding on the flavor of your cake are all fun decisions to make, but before you even go there it’s important to create an overall vision for your wedding. What style really speaks to you as a couple and what type of atmosphere do you want to create on the day? Create a Pinterest board where you can gather a few ideas to help with the bigger picture for your day.
Have a Budget in Place
We cannot stress this enough!! Your finances can very quickly get out of hand if you don’t create a budget right from the start. Setting a realistic budget before you start planning will allow the entire process to be a lot less stressful and in the end help you make final decisions.
Draft Your Guest List
Not only will your guest list affect your budget but it will also play a role in your venue search. Your guest list doesn’t have to be final but it helps to have a rough idea of how many people you think you will be inviting to your wedding.
Hire a Wedding Planner
Now, not to brag– but we add so much value into the initial planning experience. We know so many pieces of the puzzle that will take a lot of the front end work off of you. After listening to your vision and dreams, we can give you a realistic understanding and expectation of what to expect when it comes to budget while at the same time guiding you in the right direction for the first steps of the planning process.
Remember, a solid wedding planning foundation is key to designing the wedding of your dreams so start the planning process off right.