Congratulations! You’re engaged!
You may have dreamed about this event for months or years, and now you have that ring on your finger! After the bliss and excitement wanes (you probably won’t be able to stop smiling for a few days!), it will occur to you that you have a wedding to plan! Here are 5 tips to be well on your way to your BEST DAY EVER!
- Set the date. Decide when you want to get married. The most popular wedding months are June and September. But keep in mind your favorite season as a couple as well as travel implications for friends and family. Also, venues and vendors often cost less in non-peak months, which can decrease expenses in your budget.
- Hire a wedding planner. As a bride-to-be, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the choices you must make, and then be stressed about seeing everything come together on your Big Day. Many wedding planners work to design, style, and coordinate all the details from start to finish. They often have discounts with vendors, which can help offset their fee, so be sure to ask! A wedding planner will alleviate your stress and make it possible for you to relax and enjoy your special day!
- Establish a budget. Discuss with your fiancé how much you both will spend on the wedding, and include how much your families will contribute. Create a budget so you have an idea of what you can spend when meeting with vendors.
- Pick a theme/style/color palette. Look for inspiration and ideas for your wedding in magazines, online, and at wedding shows. Often your wedding planner will help you with design and styling. Once you narrow down the look and feel you are going for, it will help you easily say yes to some things and no to others!
- Book the venue(s). Decide if you want to have the ceremony and reception at the same place, or if you want to have the ceremony at a separate venue from the reception location. Make a list of your top 3-5 venues, and contact them for a tour. Gather information about availability, cost, and policies. Questions to consider: catering-can you hire an outside caterer or do they require you to use their caterer? Beverages-can you bring outside wine or liquor? Curfew-will you and guests have to be out by a certain time? Once you have the venue(s) booked, you can move forward with the fun things like flowers, cakes, and invitations!
If you get started with these 5 things, you will be well on your way to having a fun and enjoyable engagement season! Happy Planning! SS