First of all, congratulations on your engagement! We hope that your wedding experience is everything that you imagined. We understand that you are excited about this new phase in your life and you probably have a few questions. Today our goal is to help you have a clear understanding of where to get started after your engagement. We will discuss the first steps of wedding planning.
Set a Budget
We know that setting a date for the wedding is important but we decided to list setting a budget as your first priority for your wedding planning. The reason we recommend starting with a budget is that once you set a date, your natural tendency will be to book a wedding venue. Decide how much you have to spend and make a detailed outline of where you think the money should go. This will help you stay out of debt more than anything else.
Set a Date
Step two is to set a date for your wedding. As you set a date, do your best to choose a convenient time for your guests. Do your best to avoid busy travel times. You can even look ahead and make sure you are not getting married on the same day as a major sporting event, charity event or other events.
Book a Venue
Step 3 is to find a wedding venue that is a good fit for each of your wedding needs. Consider the location of your venue, the size of your venue and the price of your venue. Do not procrastinate booking a venue. Most reception centers are in high demand and can be booked more than a year in advance.
If you aren’t organized from the beginning you don’t stand a chance at getting organized later on. Our recommendation is to make a wedding planning binder. Divide the binder into categories giving each aspect of your wedding its own section. Wedding planning is stressful enough; being organized will make your experience far more enjoyable.
Announce Your Engagement!
You may have already told your closest family and friends about the engagement. Now that you have a time and a place, you can make it known to the world!
Wedding Planning Questions
We have shared enough information for you to get started but that doesn’t mean you don’t have questions. Leave your questions in the comment box below. We might even make a blog post specifically for you. Happy wedding planning!