Congratulations, you’re engaged! While you’re busy sharing your engagement story and living in the excitement of this next step in your life, there can be a lot to think about that might seem overwhelming. Where do you even begin when it comes to wedding planning?
First of all, take a breather and just enjoy the moment. Then, when you’re ready, we’re here to help!
Consider a date. Most dates and venues get booked in advance, especially the dates that are most desirable. Discuss possible times of year and dates with your fiance and your families to start narrowing it down.
Make a list of venues. Your date will depend on your venue’s availability. Now is the time to start researching the vibe you want and start taking some tours. Find out about availability while you’re on your tour.
Get an estimate on your guest count. Are you planning on having a big or small wedding? This will be important when it comes to choosing a venue to ensure that it has the capacity for your wedding.
Determine your budget. This isn’t the most glamorous part of wedding planning but it is one of the most important aspects. Whether your parents are paying or it is up to you and your fiance, determine a budget that works for you.
Gather your bridal party. Talk with your fiance and decide how many people will be in your wedding party. Then, you can start popping the question to them!
Look for wedding inspiration. Pinterest is a great resource for ideas and inspiration. Before your pick your vendors, wedding planner, decor, and more, it’s good to go into the planning process with an idea of your wedding vibe. Start some Pinterest boards and save your favorite looks.
Interview wedding planners and/or day-of coordinators. If you’re considering using a wedding planner, start to set up some interviews. Ask for references from friends and check out online reviews. A wedding planner or day-of coordinator is a great asset for helping with logistics, taking the stress of you on your wedding day.
Interview vendors. Again, this is a great time to use referrals and online reviews. Your wedding planner is also a great resource for vendors since this is the business they are in every day.
Start thinking about the dress. This is another great time to use your Pinterest boards. Pin some ideas of styles you like, but go into wedding dress shopping with an open mind. You might find that a style you never considered looks phenomenal on you. Keep your eye out for trunk shows at bridal shops.
Enjoy the process! One of the most important things to remember is why you’re getting married - soak in that “just got engaged” feeling for as long as you can. Live in the moment and get ready to spend the rest of your lives together!