Now that I said YES to Brian. It’s time to start the wedding planning. Many of you know this isn’t my first wedding. I’m a firm believer of things happen for a reason and I’m happy that I get to marry Brian next year. So planning a wedding isn’t my first rodeo. There were a lot of things I learned from planning my first wedding that I can’t wait to share with you.
Wedding Planning Tips
Pick a Date – This may sound like an easy task but it’s truly not. There so many things that go into picking your wedding date. You have to figure out if you want a winter, spring, fall or summer wedding. Then you have to figure out what month and make sure you have no prior plans happening OR holidays. You also want to make sure it’s enough time to get your ducks in order.
Create a Wedding Budget – Another important factor. Making sure you come up with a budget not only you and your fiancé can handle but also you know your family won’t mind helping with.
Venues – When you’re looking at venues you want to make sure that it’s within your budget, fits the number of people you are planning to attend to your wedding and you like the food they offer. Some venues offer food and drink packages make sure you compare the venues based on expense.
Catering – Picky backing the previous statement, but some venues don’t offer food, so if you have to hire a cater you want to make sure that you’re sticking within your budget because food and drinks can definitely put you over your budget quickly.
Guest List – When you’re creating a guest list make sure you select a certain amount of people you want to invite (75,100, 150 etc) and when selecting the people to invite make sure they’re people you really want at your wedding. Another tip for this would be to only allow a plus 1 on their invitation if they’re a single adult. That way you can stay under the number of people you want coming. If you’re inviting family make sure they know for sure they’re bringing their kids.
Wedding Day Panner – I will definitely be hiring a wedding day planner (coordinator). This will help ensure I stay sane on my big day and I don’t have to worry about anything. Seriously you will be happy you did.
Do It Yourself – If you’re on a budget, doing some DIY’s will definitely help you cut back on costs. You can easily do your own save the dates, wedding invitations, centerpieces, or any of the wedding decorations.
BOOK BOOK BOOK! – Many venues and vendors get booked up months ahead of time, so if you know a certain vendor of your choice is available for your date, book it asap.
Keep Track – Get yourself a wedding planning notebook. This will help you keep track of your vendors, guests, registry or any ideas you have for your big day. I got this one from Wedding Paperie on Etsy. But if you’re also anal about how you keep track of things like me, create a spreadsheet on google drive to keep track of everything that way you have it on your phone and your fianceé will have access to it as well.
But those most important tip is to have do things the way you want it, have fun and don’t stress. It’s your day.