Wedding Planning – Where do I Start?

Wedding Planning – Where do I Start?

October 21, 2017

OMG. You just got engaged! But...now what?

The idea of planning your wedding can seem daunting at first. We know there are so many different options for decorations, fashion, food, and more. Don't worry though! We've compiled an outline of some of the most important planning steps to help get you started:

 

A Practical Wedding's worksheet for planning a wedding budget
Source: A Practical Wedding

1. Create your budget

We know that this is probably one of the most boring and slightly uncomfortable parts of the planning process, but it is absolutely the most important! Take a seat with your families or whoever might be contributing and determine what your total budget is going to be before you look at any other details (as tempting as that might be).

 

Google Calendar view of 2017

2. Select a few dates

Think about the time of year you prefer, possible weather patterns, work schedules, etc. Have a few back up dates in mind just in case your first choice isn’t available. Keep in mind that some venues charge extra for certain days of the week!

 

The Knot Guest List Manager Page
Source: The Knot

3. Draft a guest list

Even though it can be difficult to decide who you want to invite to your wedding, remember that more guests generally means you’ll have to spend more money. Both big and small weddings are wonderful, you just have to figure out what kind of wedding you want and what will fit into your budget.

Wedding flower bouquet model

4. Start dreaming!

Arguably one of the most fun parts of the planning process is being able to create your own unique wedding style. There are so many great places for inspiration, or you can come up with a style that’s all your own! You wedding day is about you, so make sure you choose a style that suits you and your spouse.

 

WeddingWire Venue and Vendor Directory Examples
Source: WeddingWire

5. Pick a venue

You can easily narrow down your venue options by both location and type. Some venues allow people to stay there, some are indoors, some are strictly outdoors. There are plenty of options, but it is important to take into account how far your guests will have to travel — especially if there’s a lot of them.

 

Woman at a computer taking notes and looking at pictures
Source: Ever After Blog

6. Do the research

Search for vendors online on sites like Wedding Wire and The Knot, which have countless lists of vendors in various areas and expertise. Reviews are always super helpful when looking for the right vendor for you, and don’t be afraid to set up a consultation with them so everyone can get to know each other — we’re here to help!

 

White and pink flower wedding bouquets

7. Design and Style

Work with your vendor to find all the perfect decorations and other wedding necessities that align with your personal style. If you’re still struggling for inspiration, there are plenty of online resources – such as BeMyRose – that can help you to hone in on your style.

 

Comment below with your thoughts, we'd love to hear from you! If you have any questions about us or what we do, check us out at bemyrose.com!

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