I was SO excited to become a bride-to-be this past December!! Since it was a few days before Christmas, I wanted to be sure I did what NEEDED to be done with wedding planning early, but also spend quality time with family during the holidays! I didn’t want to go into planning full swing quite yet, but not get behind on anything! I also have a group on Facebook for all of my brides! Since it’s a group of girls who either had their wedding recently or are in the planning process, I decided to ask them! And they are the sweetest and most helpful girls ever! I want to summarize some of the amazing advice I received and pass it along to anyone else beginning their planning!
What needs to be done first wedding planning?
Choose your top vendors.
Just about every bride suggested choosing which vendors are most important to you first! This will help in the next steps below, and make sure you prioritize what’s most important for you on your wedding day!! Reach out to them with the dates in consideration to help with this next decision!
Pick your date.
Since you’ve figured out which vendors are most important and reached out to them about availability, choose your date after this! It’s really hard to do too much planning if you don’t know the date! Edward and I were looking at an early date which would be around a 4 month engagement, or the date we chose which gave us 9 months. I found my dream dress, and if I had gone with the earlier date, the dress I chose most likely wouldn’t have been ready in time! So knowing your date early on is very important to make orders and book vendors! OR if your date is the most important thing to you, send them your date to find out if they’re free or if you need to contact another vendor!
Know your budget.
You can always find more things to spend money on in your wedding! So it’s important to know your budget and break it down! Since you’ve chosen which vendors are most important, you might choose to spend more on those vendors and use a majority of the budget for that, and then spend less in other areas if needed to fit in the budget! And even if your most important vendor is quite a chunk of change, you know that this was the vendor most important to you and your priority financially!
Enjoy the process!
I think this was my favorite tip!! While planning a wedding is a LOT of work, planning, and money, it’s important not to get bogged down and stop enjoying this engagement season!! One great way to do that is by hiring a wedding planner, and I’ve shared about that in an interview with one here!
I hope these tips are helpful as you begin your wedding planning process! Don’t forget to check out my recent posts for brides!!