Wedding Planning 101
Once the excitement of being engaged settles in, you will need to begin to plan the nuptials. Many brides-to-be can’t wait to start trying on dresses — but before you head to the boutique, there are other items on your to-do list.
Here are the first few things you need think about:
PICK A STYLE
Have a conversation with your fiance and discuss how you want your wedding to feel. Fun and festive? Intimate and sophisticated?
Has one of you always dreamed of marrying barefoot on a beach or on the lawn of a stately mansion? What are the most vital elements of the wedding to each of you? Decide what’s most important to each of you and compromise.
DECIDE ON A TIMELINE
While the availability of your most coveted vendors will help you choose an exact date, you still need to think about other factors that will impact your timeline: Is there a season or time of year you hope to marry in, or avoid? Holidays or other family events you need to work around?
You also might consider how much time you need for planning and preparations. The answers to all of these questions will help shape the timeline of your wedding.
SET YOUR BUDGET
This can be one of the most difficult tasks of wedding planning. You need to have sit-down conversations with each other, and with each set of parents, to be clear who will be contributing what when it comes to finances.
These numbers will impact every other decision you make, and you don’t want to plan or purchase based on assumptions.
BOOK PRIORITY VENDORS
Priority vendors will be the people in charge of the elements most important to you and your fiance. The most significant of these vendors will likely be your venue.
Your venue will impact almost all other aspects of your wedding — including your date. Another vendor who will likely take top billing is your photographer. Be sure to research all your options to secure the best price with the extra amenities you want.