First of all, CONGRATULATIONS! This is such a special time in your life that you will never forget. After the thrill of getting that ring on your finger settles down a little, it hits you. Where do you even START when it comes to planning a wedding? Dress, cake, venue, budget, registry, photographer, guest list, flowers, catering, bridal party. The list goes on and on, and it can be completely overwhelming. First of all, take a deep breath. All of the little details will be figured out with some help along the way (especially if you go with an all-inclusive venue). All you need to focus on is the big stuff to get you started. Here are some things we recommend checking off your list after the big question is popped:
You and your significant other are going to need to come together and agree on an overall budget. Be realistic and give yourself some wiggle room in case you come across any unexpected costs. Once you have your budget, you’ll be ready to start making decisions around that number. Everything you plan for your wedding should come back to this number, and you want to make sure you’re sticking to it!
2. Guest List Estimate
Although you don’t need to determine exactly who you are inviting to your big day, you two will need to figure out an estimate of how many people you want to come to your wedding. Remember that the more people, the more expensive your wedding will be. It’s important to at least have an estimate so you can get quotes from your vendors.
Once you know your guest list, you can start shopping for venues that have the right capacity for you! Visit a couple of different venues to determine what your style is, then make a list of what is most important to you (location, venue services, dates available, etc.). Your venue and/or wedding planner will be sure to help you with the finer details along the way!
Once you have knocked out these three to-do’s, you should be able to have a big sigh of relief. Now it’s time to dive into those beautiful details! 💗
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