The second you get engaged, the questions start: “When and where is the wedding?” Take a deep breath, and relax. Nevertheless, when you are ready to dive into wedding planning, here’s where to start.
According to the WeddingWire Newlywed Report, parents pay for 52% of wedding expenses, while the couple pays for 47% (the remaining 1% is paid for by other loved ones)—so parents are still paying for a majority of the wedding, though couples are chipping in fairly significantly.
1. Set a Wedding Budget Money conversations are always hard. But without knowing what you have to spend, you can’t even begin to start planning. Talk to your partner about how much the two of you can afford, and if your parents have offered to contribute, get a realistic figure from them. With this, you get to know the amount of money you have and how to spend it.
2. Name the Date You might have always dreamed of a spring wedding, or decide you want to marry on your anniversary. Or the chosen day could be as practical as wanting to get married within the next six months.
3. Wedding Guest List
Talk to your partner and immediate family about who they’d like to invite and put together a preliminary guest count. With a ballpark number, you’ll be ready to start looking at venues. Then you can invite every friend, cousin, and co-worker to watch you tie the knot.
4. Book Your Venue Many locations are booked a year or more in advance so decide what type of setting you want early (outdoor garden, hotel ballroom, country club, farm, or gallery space, to name a few). The size of your guest list should help narrow it down. Next, decide what best fits your vision and who will be attending.
5. Consider getting a Wedding Planner Most brides that initially start off planning their own wedding realize that it can be a full-time job. Most couples have never hosted a party as big, important, and complicated as a wedding. That’s where a full-service wedding planner comes in. Most experts say while a planner is an additional cost, he or she can help you stay on budget. “Planners ask the questions you don’t know to ask.
6. Ask the Bridal Party Being in a wedding is a big commitment, so the sooner you give your favorite people a heads up, the better. With your wedding party set, you’ll have more time to start planning that bachelorette weekend if you want to have one.
7. Hire Priority Wedding Vendors
Photographer Like venues, many top photographers can be booked up to a year out, which is why you should start your research early.
Caterer The first thing you need to focus on is what type of reception you want.
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