Did you just recently get engaged? Congratulations! While you are enjoying the excitement around your engagement, no doubt you are asking yourself, “Now what?” The difficult part is not knowing where or how to begin planning for your wedding. No sweat, we are here to help!
Announce the big news! This may seem obvious but first things first: announce your engagement and share your exciting news! Whatever you choose to do, whether it is through word of mouth, phone calls, Facebook, or an engagement party, be sure to enjoy this blissful and magic time in your life.
When it comes to event planning, you need to look at the big picture before tackling the small, more intricate details. The one thing that will affect the rest of your wedding planning is money. Talking about money is never comfortable, but the budget needs to be determined prior to any planning so you know exactly how much you can spend and who will be contributing to your wedding expenses.
Budget. Setting a budget will determine everything you do. The best thing to do is figure it out before anything else, and stick to it throughout the entire planning process.
Structure. After you have set your budget, the next step is creating an overall structure for your wedding. Once you start brainstorming, you can determine what kind of wedding you want. Do you want a destination wedding? Were you thinking of a particular theme? How many guests do you want? Do you want a small, intimate wedding or a large, extravagant wedding?
By creating a basic framework, you will get a better idea of what your wedding is going to look like. Here are some basic questions that will help you narrow down a variety of choices:
1. How much money do you want to spend on your wedding?
2. Do you want a destination wedding or something close to home?
3. Do you want a small, intimate wedding or a large, grand wedding?
4. How many guests were you thinking of inviting?
5. Do you want your wedding indoor or outdoor?
6. Do you want a traditional themed wedding or something more modern?
7. Do you want a formal setting or something more sentimental and intimate?
8. Do you want a sit down dinner or a cocktail reception?
9. Do you want the ceremony and the reception to be at the same location?
Guest List. The next step is creating a guest list. Remember, the more guests you invite, the higher the cost. The first step in creating a guest list is to have you and your loved one both create a list of guests you each would like to invite. If your parents are helping you pay for the expenses, leave a few spots open so your parents can invite a few people as well. You may find that you have to
make some tough choices in order to get the guest list down the size you want.
Venue. Finding a wedding venue can be the most stressful and difficult decision of all. The venue will also set the overall mood and ambience of your wedding. Quick tip: If you are open to weekdays instead of a weekend, you will find it much easier to book the venue you want. Once you have found a venue that works for your budget, guest list, style and location, the hardest part of the wedding planning is over. Remember, if you are planning on having a different venue for your reception, the same holds true.
Style & Theme. You have already set a basic framework for what kind of wedding you want, so this part should be easy (and fun!) Before you decide on anything, do some research and think about your wedding style. And don't worry about changing your mind multiple times! Check out wedding blogs, create a Pinterest board, wedding books, talk to friends, and browse wedding websites to find inspiration. Choose a style and theme that reflects you and your spouse.
Relax. It is very easy to become overwhelmed during the wedding planning process so try to relax and take a break. Do not focus all your energy on the wedding. Enjoy being engaged!