Our family is acquiring new members left and right these days.
The engagement is still really new, just about a week in, but as MoH I've already started helping my sister with some of the initial planning. Which got me thinking - where do you even start? Planning a wedding is fun, but serious business, and can be totally over whelming. So, as a wedding planning veteran, here's my advice for getting off to a smooth start.
- First, get a manicure - everyone and their mom (literally) will be admiring your new ring and getting pretty up close and personal with your digits.
- Now, determine your budget, and the decide if you'll be using a wedding planner or not.
- If you'll be using a wedding planner, the next step would be to research planners in your area and set up a few interviews. Once you select a planner, they'll guide you though the process from there.
- If you're not using a planner, the next step is to get a ballpark on the head count for your guest list. It doesn't have to be exact, but you need to figure out if you're planning a small, medium, or big fat wedding, so you'll have an idea of the kind of venues to look at.
- Then, start looking for a venue! The venue you lock down (and when) determines your date, the approximate size of your event, and the tone/formality of the occasion. A beach wedding will have a vastly different feel than one held at a country club. You'll also know if the venue handles rentals and catering or if you need to source those vendors yourself.
- Now you can start on the fun details. Dress shopping! Color choosing! Cake tasting!
- Another optional, but I think worth it, early step is to do an engagement shoot. It's not totally necessary, but if you can it's a great way to get to know your photographer and build up a rapport before the wedding. It also gives you and your partner a chance to "practice" taking posed photos together before the big day. Plus, after the fact, it's really special to have those photos.
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