Congratulations on your engagement! Now it is time to start the wedding planning. There are many aspects to planning a wedding. We can’t list them all but here we have included the Top 5 Tips that we think you should do first.
Set a Budget
It is important to determine who is financing the wedding and how much can be contributed. Will you have parental assistance or will you be self-financing? Have these discussions from the beginning so you will know how to proceed with your budget.
After discussing who is paying for certain parts of your wedding, now it is time to set a budget. Sit down with each contributing party and discuss. When discussing, be considerate of each person’s budget. Be realistic with your overall budget and remember that you may have to readjust expectations according to the funds you have available. It is important to keep track of your expenses and make decisions on the items that will account for the largest percent of your budget such as venue and catering.
Set a Date
You may already know what time of year you would like to get married. You may have even had this picked before you got the ring, however now it’s time to get your calendar and your fiance and agree on a time frame that works for the both of you. It is essential to remain flexible with the actual date, venues book quickly for weddings, especially at certain times of the year that are most popular. The popular wedding months vary depending on what part of the country you live in. Having a time frame allows you to work with the venue that you are interested in without causing disappointment if they do not have a specific date available.
Start researching sites that you think will fit what you are looking for when it comes to putting together your dream wedding. It is best to have a list of venues, at least 10 or more, that you are willing to visit. When searching for sites, we suggest you call each site that is on your list. Be sure to ask them important questions such as, “What is your venue rental cost?” “Do you have a required or preferred caterer?” “What is the maximum guest count?” “What is included with the rental fee?” “How much time before the wedding do we have to set up?” You must also decide if you are going to hold your ceremony onsite at the same venue or if the ceremony will be held elsewhere. If it will not be held at the same site, then you must go through similar steps when searching for and securing your ceremony location.
Say Yes to the Dress
The most exciting part for every bride is the dress. What girl hasn’t looked at wedding dresses and imagined the day that they would be in one! You may know the exact dress you want and have researched where you can get it, although we suggest you gather several different styles when looking at dresses. The dress you may have had your heart set on in the beginning may not be the dress you love after all. Trying more than one dress on will help make the process of saying yes to the dress a fun experience and it will help you choose the right dress.
Consider a Wedding Planner
Perhaps you know from the beginning that hiring a wedding planner is the right decision for you. How do you know if you should hire a wedding planner? If you are overwhelmed by the idea of planning without a professional, simply don’t have the time it takes to plan all of it on your own (wedding planning can total hundreds of hours), or you don’t want to burden and put added stress on your friends and family members- then hire a wedding planner. A professional wedding planner has done this countless of times for a number of couples and will save you time and money in the end.
If hiring a full service wedding planner is not in your budget or planning your wedding on your own is something that you have always dreamed of doing, consider hiring day-of coordinator. A day-of coordinator is hired just for the day of you wedding as well as some advance preparation time. They will come in so that you, your family members, and your wedding party do not have to worry about vendors being on time, everyone being prompt and ready, and any other stressful matters that brides put themselves through on the day of their wedding. You and your entire bridal party can relax, enjoy your special day and be a guest at your wedding.
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