How to Begin Planning a Wedding

How to Begin Planning a Wedding

The Basics: How to Begin Planning a Wedding. You’ve found the love of your life, have a gorgeous ring on your finger, and are ready for the next stage in your life. Your friends and family are excitedly asking you for a wedding date. All that’s left is to build your special day! Although planning a wedding can be overwhelming, here are a few first steps you can take to make the process run more smoothly.


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Narrow Down Your Wedding Vision and Timeline

Determining what you want your wedding to look and feel like is a great place to start. Are you set on a large wedding ceremony packed with beloved guests? Or are you envisioning a smaller and more intimate gathering? Also, think about the setting and season you’d prefer. Are you picturing a cozy winter country club wedding framed by forest views? These types of question can help you decide on a location that can support your wants and needs, as well as a potential date for your wedding. Once you’ve considered all your options, you can choose the location and date that are best for you!


Build Your Budget

Now that you have a general idea of where and when you want your special day to take place, consider how much you want to spend to make your dream wedding a reality. I know this isn’t the most exhilarating part of the wedding planning process, but it’s an important step that will play a role in the rest of the decisions you make, from the dress you purchase to the venue you book. The best method for tackling this challenge is to decide on the total amount you want to spend on your wedding. Then, you can divide that total budget among each expense you’ll need to pay for.


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Enlist the Help of a Wedding Party

Another important consideration is who you want to be standing beside you on your wedding day! Your bridesmaids and groomsmen are a great support system in the wedding planning process. Keep your wedding party in the loop about your plans, including costs and timelines. You may also want to start creating a guest list at this time. How many people you choose to invite will have a big impact on the venue you choose and the services you’ll need to make your wedding a success.


Choose Your Venue

Once you have a location, date, budget, and wedding party in mind, your venue is next on the list! To choose a venue that’s right for you, do some online research on venues in your desired wedding location. Read reviews, look into costs, and then visit potential venues in person with your partner, if possible. Once you’ve booked your venue, the real fun of wedding planning begins!


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Book Your Vendors

If you have a favorite type of food you crave or are imagining a specific aesthetic for your wedding photos, you should hire vendors that make those dreams come true. Look into vendors in your wedding venue location, or get recommendations from friends. Consider what kind of music you’d like to have, catering services, wedding photographers, florists, and makeup artists. Your special day should reflect all the things you love! Be sure to hire vendors well in advance of your wedding, as the availability of photographers and other vendors tends to fill up fast. With the right vendors to help you relieve the stress of preparation, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy your day to the fullest!


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