Yay! You're engaged and ready to start wedding planning! As soon as you have a ring on your finger, people want to know all of the details of your wedding; have you set a date, where will it be held, or how big is your bridal party? Wedding planning is supposed to be fun and exciting, but at times it can be overwhelming. Here are some tips to help you through the planning process!
Tip 1: Set a Budget: This is one of the most important things that you and your fiancee need to decide early on. Once you set a budget, you need to stick to it. Take it a step further and break it down by how much you want to spend on each vendor. This will help when you receive quotes and meet with vendors to stay within the budget you allocated.
Tip 2: Set Priorities and Deadlines: Make a list of what items need to happen and in the order they should occur. Once you've set a budget, the next item that you and your partner should be working on is deciding on a venue. Once you have a venue, and you've picked a date, then you start searching for other important vendors such as photography and a planner.
Tip 3: Ask for Help: This is one of the biggest moments in your life and if you are planning your wedding on your own, don't be afraid to ask friends and family for help. They would be more than willing to lend a helping hand.
Tip 4: Be Selective With Your Guest List: This is an area where you want to really make sure that the people who will be attending the wedding are the people you want there and not because you feel obligated to invite them. If you are only inviting close family and friends, that's ok. You also don't have to give every single person a plus one. You can have a no kids wedding, or only ones invited are in the bridal party. All of these decisions are entirely up to you. I suggest making an A, B, and C list of guest invites. The A list are the ones that have to be there, the B list is people would like to and the C list is if there is room in the budget. This is an area where you can save some money by the number of people you invite.
Tip 5: Take Your Time: Wedding Planning takes time. In the beginning when you decide on date, pick a venue, then all a lot of the planning goes on hold until closer to your wedding date. Take the time to enjoy being engaged and go out on dates. It's also a great idea to practice self-care and make sure you are taking time together with your partner, but also some time for yourself!
Hope you enjoyed these tips and happy planning!