It happened—you’re getting married! If you’re not sure where to start, let these five tips act as stepping stones. Take the stress out of planning your wedding and discover it’s easier than you think.
1. Make Time to Plan
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and it’s okay if your wedding plans take time to visualize. Sit down together to plan various aspects, divide the budget, and make priorities about what you both want.
Create a schedule, whether it’s an hour a day or two afternoons a week, which is dedicated to wedding planning. You’ll see how quickly you eliminate confusion, stay organized, and accomplish each task on the checklist without leaving anything out.
2. Make a List of Vendors
Start thinking about different venues, caterers, bands, florists, and the rest of it. Picking the best vendors to work with will require some research and planning. Read reviews and peruse different websites to get a feel for each business. Be sure to visits spaces in person to see if the interior matches your wedding vibe. Research wedding photographers to ensure you have a qualified expert on hand to capture every moment of your special day. If any of your friends have recently gotten married, ask them for recommendations. They’ll likely have helpful tips in addition to inside knowledge.
A list of vendors gives you options to prioritize who you like, in case your first choice isn’t available. You can’t book anything until you’ve done your research, and you’ll want to know pricing and availability as soon as you can.
3. Envision Your Style
Every decision you make sets the tone for your wedding, from the venue and the décor to the menu and more. Will it be a traditional seated dinner or a gala reception? Will you hold the ceremony at the same place as the reception?
Imagine your wedding day by looking at the big picture. From modern and contemporary to classic and romantic, there are many styles to choose from. Follow wedding bloggers for wedding planning inspiration. Scope Pinterest accounts and bridal magazines. Sit down with your fiancé to start brainstorming your vision and make it a reality.
4. Buy a Journal
Stay organized each step of the way with a dedicated wedding journal. Whether it’s a three-ring binder or a traditional notepad, use it to hold lists, contact information, inquiries, the budget, and everything else. Think of it as a personalized checklist that outlines when to get the dress, helps you compare vendors you’ve researched, gives you a place to record inspiration and write down menu ideas, and more.
Use it as the base for storing receipts, contracts, schedules, and other pertinent information. Subsections could include budget, dress, venue, et cetera, for easy organization. Note expenditures, limits, and other details that let you keep track of what’s done and what’s left to complete.
5. The Party and the Registry
These two separate factors are best handled together—and early on. You no doubt know who will be in your wedding party, and you want to give them notice as soon as you can. The earlier they know, the earlier they can start helping out. They’ll be excited and ready to help you plan some of the other aspects, such as the bachelorette party, the engagement party, and the shower.
Have your registry ready prior to picking a shower date. This helps ease the number of questions guests have. That date will come around faster than you think, and people will be wondering what to get. They’ll appreciate the early notice, and you can let the wedding party answer any otherguest questions.
With these wedding planning tips in mind, you’ll see how easy it is to plan the big day.