I’m excited to announce that I’ll be starting a new series on the blog called Wedding Wednesday! I’ll be writing posts about wedding planning and my own wedding every Wednesday between now and until we get married in a few months! I’ll cover wedding planning tips I’ve learned along the way, checklists, my personal experiences, and more. I can’t wait to share all of it with y’all and I hope I can help some brides-to-be out there! My first Wedding Wednesday post is all about the first steps in planning a wedding.
How do you plan a wedding? Where do you even begin? If you’ve ever asked these questions, you’re definitely not alone! Planning a wedding can seem intimidating and stressful, but I’ve got some tips to help you get started!
1. Enjoy Being Engaged
- I cannot stress this enough! Take the time to truly enjoy being engaged to one another before the stress sets in that comes with planning a wedding. Take as much time as you need.
2. Start Getting Organized
- When you are ready to start planning your wedding, create a new email account for all of your wedding correspondences. This will make it a lot easier knowing that all of your emails about your wedding are all in one place.
- If you’re a person who loves having a planner/binder and making lists like
me, then I highly suggest getting The Knot Ultimate Wedding Planner & Organizer. This planner has everything you can think of: color inspiration, timeline & budget planning, guest list & invitations, etc.
3. Create An Account on The Knot
- The Knot has a whole bunch of wedding planning tools like checklists, budgeting tools, wedding websites and more. It also has my most favorite feature – a place where you can look up local vendors for every kind of vendor you can think of (venues, florists, photographers, calligraphers, dance lessons, etc.). I cannot tell you how much I love this feature. Not only can you search for local vendors, you can read reviews on all of them too. This has been a life saver!
- You can also download The Knot’s app and sign into your account on your phone so that you can use it on the go.
4. Start Thinking of a Season/Time of Year You’d Like to Get Married
- Be open and flexible with dates and don’t get set on a certain date until you find your venue. Sometimes your specific date may already be booked.
- Be sure to think about holidays. Look up the dates of holidays for the year you plan on getting married and plan accordingly. Less people may be able to come if you have your wedding near/on an important holiday.
- Also, think about important events that could happen around the time you want to get married. If you plan on getting married around high school/college graduation season, check to see if anyone that you really want to come to your wedding is graduating around that time. I unfortunately learned this the hard way. We found out that my future sister-in-law had her college graduation ceremony the day of our wedding, after we had already booked our venue and paid deposits for a few vendors. We’ve since figured it out and she told us that she is completely okay with missing her college graduation…moral of the story, don’t find yourself in the position we were in.
5. Give Yourselves Enough Time to Plan and Save
- Trust me….weddings can be expensive, but they also don’t have to be. It all depends on your taste and what’s important to you!
- Start talking about the budget and once you both decide on a budget, make sure you have enough time to save up for it.
6. Start Thinking of Cities/Venues
- Set up appointments for venue tours and ALWAYS ask to see if you can hold your wedding date (if you’ve already decided on one) – even if you’re not 100% sure you will book with that venue. You can always cancel the hold you’ve placed on a date if you decide not to go with that venue (there’s usually no fee in holding a date). We made this mistake. I contacted a venue asking if a certain date was still available and it was, so we scheduled a venue tour. After the tour we took a couple of days to talk things over and finally decided that that was the venue we wanted to get married at. Well when we called to book, the date was already gone. Learn from our mistakes!!!!
7. Pin Away
- If you don’t already have a Pinterest account I highly suggest creating one for wedding planning. Start making boards for the different categories (ceremony decor, reception decor, flowers, cake, wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses, groomsmen attire, etc.)
- Get ideas and inspiration and save any pin that you like to your wedding boards.
8. Make a List of Your Priority Vendors and Check Their Schedules
- For us, we knew that the photographer and videographer were going to be two of the most important vendors – since those are the things that will last, long after the wedding day is over. Since they were the most important to us, we were willing to pay a little more for those vendors and pay a little less for others. It’s all about making sacrifices in the right places.
- Email your must-have vendors before you book your wedding venue/date. Be sure they are free on your wedding day as well. It would be awful to book a venue/date and then find out that your dream photographer is already booked for your wedding day.
9. Don’t Overwhelm Yourself with Planning
- Whenever you start to feel like you’re getting stressed, take a step back and take a breather. And as cheesy as it sounds, be sure to always remember the most important aspect of your wedding day – you get to marry the love of your life!
I hope you enjoyed this post and found the information helpful! Be on the lookout for next week’s post on the complete Step by Step Guide in Planning a Wedding!