The First 4 Steps to Plan Your Wedding
Congratulations again on your engagement! This is definitely one of the most exciting times of your life and I’m so thankful that you’re letting me share a small part of it with you!
Now that you’re engaged, you’re probably eagerly planning your wedding and wondering where to start. That’s what today’s blog is all about! Here are 4 of the first things you should do to get your planning off to a great start (after Choosing a Season and Date – Click here to see that blog post):
1. Set a budget
I get it… nobody wants to talk about budget, but no matter how much your budget is, it’s still important to decide how much you want to spend on your wedding. One thing to keep in mind is that it’s helpful to have a buffer in your budget so that when you find something that’s worth more than you initially expected, you have the room to pay for it.
2. Create a tentative guest list
The reason this is number 2 on the list is because we need a rough number before going to step 3. Think about who you want to be in your bridal party, which friends and family members you want to invite, and how many vendors you’ll need to be there (photographer, videographer, wedding planner, caterers, etc.). At this point, the number doesn’t have to be exact, but having a rough estimate will allow you to narrow down what venues you can use. It will also give you a head start on the final guest list for when it’s time to send out save the dates and invitations.
3. Choose a venue
One of the first things to consider when choosing a venue is the maximum capacity for guests. You’ll need to choose a venue that can accommodate all your guests. Once you figure out what guest capacity you need to have, you can get into what type of location and design you want your venue to have. Do you want it to be inside, outside, have a mountain overlook, lakeside view, rustic design, modern design, etc? The Knot and Wedding Wire both have venue search options that you can use to filter venues by location, capacity, features, among other things to find your dream venue!
4. Choose your bridal party
Your bridal party will be made up of your closest friends who will be there to help, support, and encourage you as you gear up to get married. Your bridesmaids and groomsmen will be the people who you can go to for help planning, to get excited with, and to help you stay calm on the big day, so you’ll want to choose your closest friends who you know you can count on to be there for you.