I’m Engaged, Now What?
Wedding planning. Some view it as an exciting array of possibilities, while others are overwhelmed by the numerous decisions. While you do have quite a few decisions to make, these tips will help you start planning on a positive note.
- What’s your budget?
Deciding on a budget might be the hardest step, but figuring out numbers early on will help everything go smoothly. Sit down with you fiancé, parents, or anyone else who is contributing funds to your big day. Having a set budget will help keep your feet on the ground, and will also give your vendors a better idea of what they can offer you.
- What’s your vision?
The next step is deciding how to allot that money. Are high-quality images important to you? Do you have a particular theme in mind? Can you take this on alone, or do you need a professional wedding planner?
Asking yourself these questions in the beginning will ease your stress once you start reaching out to vendors.
- Use your resources
A wedding is one of the happiest day of someone’s life, so most people love to talk about it. Friends and family can give you tips on what worked and what didn’t work, even if their wedding was 20 years ago!
Aside from friends and family, the internet is full of great resources, and many of them are free! Use these resources to your advantage when sending inquiries and searching for inspiration.
- Be flexible and realistic
In the midst of Pinterest boards and DIY, it can be very easy to get carried away. Try to keep an open mind when discussing your vision, and take suggestions from the professionals. On a budget? Consider a Friday or Sunday. Want Martha Stewart-inspired floral arrangements? Keep in mind the price tag that follows. Your vendors will happily provide feedback on alternate options, which may be better for you (and your wallet) than the original plans.
- Have fun!
You’ve heard it before, but the most important thing is to have fun! You’re inviting your friends and family to celebrate the love you share. If you start to get overwhelmed, take a breather and start back up tomorrow. If you make a schedule of to-do’s and stick to it, everything will turn out wonderfully!