“I’m engaged!” “This is so exciting!” “ I can’t wait to call every friend I’ve ever met, and maybe a few I haven’t!” “I can’t wait to put a picture of my amazing ring on Facebook.” “I can’t wait to start planning,” “this is so exciting.” “Woohoo!”
And just then it occurs to you, start planning? I have no idea where to begin.
So, here is a 10 point list to get you started.
Start with the budget. Put two different numbers together. First, What are you hoping to spend, and next, what is the absolute maximum I can spend? It is very easy to go over the minimum, but that maximum number is meant to put on the breaks.
Come up with an approximate number of invited guest. In most cases you will receive non-accepts, from 10% - 20% of the invited quest count, (this generally depends on distance and closeness in the relationship), still, you have to find a reception space big enough for the invited count.
Choose a time of year, the time of year will have a lot to do with the decision of where the wedding and reception will take place.
Look for a venue, Are you getting married in a church, the park, the same location as the reception? How about the reception? Out-of-doors, a barn, hotel ballroom, stand-alone industrial space? Start looking, they book up a year/year and a half in advance. Be prepared, they are going to want a down payment to hold your space.
Start looking for vendors, and don’t forget to attend 1 or 2 bridal fairs.
Look for the Wedding Dress, It can be a lengthy process to look for, decide on, and order the dress. Receiving the dress can take months and then there will be the alterations, so don’t put this off, or you may end up disappointed.
You’ll want to choose your wedding party with enough time for them to be ready, financially, to be part of your day.
Don’t forget your wedding website, it's a fun way to keep everyone up on what's going on with the planning.
Before the bridal showers begin, be sure to sign up for a Wedding Registry or two. It's the best way to get what you want or need.
Get those engagement photos taken, You’ll need them for the, "save the dates".
And one more thing…don't forget to visit our blog, along the way, for helpful wedding tips.