Wedding Planning 101: What to Start Planning First
Getting engaged is such an exciting time, especially when you start planning your big day. 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:
Make the Announcement
Most couples don’t feel right if everybody knows their big news before their parents and other close family members. If at all possible, tell both sets of parents in person. If they don’t live closeby, put in a special phone or video call to them! You do want to show off your ring!
Figure our Your Dreams
Sit down together and talk ideas. Think about your styles. Is it something simple on a beach or more formal in a ballroom? No money talk — YET!
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 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
Your finances can very quickly get out of hand if you don’t create a budget right from the start. Plus, you don’t want to start your life together as a married couple drowning in debt. By setting a realistic budget and write it down whether in a notebook or in an Excel spreadsheet because before you start planning, this will make the entire process a lot less stressful. Get organized by listing the amounts you want to spend on each item and keep track of all expenditures. If you start getting near the limit, this will help you figure out ways to cut costs.
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.
Remember, a solid wedding planning foundation is key to designing the wedding of your dreams so start the planning process off right.