Congratulations, you’re engaged! The day you’ve been anticipating has finally come and gone and now reality hits - it’s time to start planning for THE big day!
It’s time to stop staring at your ring and posting engagement pics and start preparing.
Here are five first steps in wedding planning.
Narrow Down the Date
The minute you get engaged, everyone will be asking for your exact wedding date. It may seem like it’s too soon to pick a date, but in reality you need to decide as soon as you can. You likely can’t choose an exact date, however, until you decide on a venue. So narrow your choices to a general date. (The average engagement lasts 15 months). Some things to consider: what time of year you prefer, any major holidays or family events you don’t want to conflict with and how much time you’ll need to plan your big day. And remember that popular wedding destinations book months and sometimes years in advance.
Choose Your Wedding Style and Venue
Before heading out with your squad to local bridal shops to go wedding dress shopping, choosing your wedding colors, or registering for gifts, imagine the dream scene for your wedding. Have you always wanted a traditional church wedding? Are you and your partner nature lovers who want to exchange vows outdoors? Do you want a destination wedding, which are increasing in popularity (according to new data from popular wedding planning website The Knot, 25 percent of weddings in 2017 were destination weddings.) Think about what style wedding fits you as a couple - classic, rustic or elegant? Start a wedding vision board on Pinterest. Think about weddings you have attended and what you liked, and disliked.
Set Your Budget
Sit down with your families and discuss budget expectations. You and your fiance may also decide to pay for the wedding yourselves or pay for a significant portion of it. You’ll be able to budget wisely if you stay organized and do your research. There are lots of online wedding tools available and discussing your wedding budget is also a great way to navigate finances together, before you embark on marriage.
Draft a Guest List
Once you have selected a venue, a wedding style and a budget, you can start compiling your guest list. Your venue will dictate how many guests you may invite. For example, a historic inn or an outdoor garden venue may be limited to 75 guests or fewer. Keep in mind that more guests means higher reception costs because you’ll need to order more food and drinks. Start with family and close friends and then consider others in your social circles as space allows, such as co-workers.
Choose Your Wedding Party
Decide who will join you at the altar on your big day. Be considerate to the fact that members of your wedding party are agreeing to spend both their time and money and be forthcoming about your expectations from the onset (for example, if you’re planning a destination wedding, let them know if they are responsible for their airfare and hotel fees.) Make sure you plan something special for them in appreciation for taking on a starring role in your big day!
You have so many fun days ahead planning the wedding of your dreams! Remember that this is the beginning of a shared life and to make your special day all about your special love story.
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