Congratulations! You’re engaged!
There are probably hundreds of emotions (hopefully mostly excitement) running through your body right now! But you might be wondering, how do I get to the day of my engagement to the actual wedding day without ripping my hair out. Well, we’re here to give you a few tips about how to start planning your wedding as stress free as possible!
Determine a Budget
Before getting hopes up for vendors or venues way out of your price point, sit down and make a budget. Figure out from your fiance and your families how much you are able to put into your wedding.
After figuring out the total, separate that into categories and determine the maximum you can spend on each thing, such as the dress or flowers.
Making a pie chart can be useful!
Get a LARGE Binder
There will be a lot of numbers and names thrown out during the beginning process. From friends giving you suggestions, to mulling over sites like Wedding Wire or The Knot, you’re going to want to stay organized!
The binder should hold information for vendors such as
The first few weeks can be used to accumulate information from potential vendors before narrowing it down and making a choice. If it’s easier for you and your fiance, feel free to go through step by step, making decisions about vendors one category at a time.
Find a Venue
Wedding venues sometimes book years in advance. Tourist seasons such as May through August book fast, and are sometimes more expensive than off season month such as January or November.
It’s important to find a venue as one of the first steps so that you can send out save the dates. You also need to lock down a venue before booking other vendors in case the venue you want requires you to use certain in house vendors.
Throw a Party
Engagement Parties aren’t a necessity, nor should you stress out over them. Even throwing a backyard BBQ for close friends and family would be a nice time to mingle.
This will even provide a chance for your friends to give you recommendations on vendors they used.
Tip: You probably shouldn’t invite people to an engagement party if you’re not planning to invite them to the wedding.
All of these first few steps can be helped sorted through a professional wedding coordinator. Even if you don’t need one throughout the entire process, you can still consult with one to get some ideas and advice!
Best of luck with your planning!