I Just Got Engaged, Whats Next?
First things first, you have to take some time to celebrate! It’s easy to let others wrap you up in their dream wedding but this is a time for you and the love of your life. Once the initial shock of being engaged wears off you’ll need to start making decisions. Here are the 7 most important things you need to do to really kick off your wedding planning.
Start With Building A Timeline
The moment you get engaged, your family and friends will start asking for your wedding date. Truthfully, you won’t be able to set an exact date and trust me every will be eager for you too but until some other major decisions are made—like choosing your venue and then booking it. The best way is to narrow and focus on determining a range of dates that’ll work for you. The average engagement lasts 15 months, but we must also think about what season you’d prefer spring, summer, winter, or fall. Also any major holidays or family events you’d like to avoid conflicting with, and how long you predict you’ll need to plan.
Create A Budget Forcast
Every thinks they understand how important creating a budget is but most times it’s a rare occasion when we create or stick to one. Sit down with your families and figure out how much everyone can contribute. This can be difficult because nobody likes to talk about their finances. Remember to be realistic this number will affect every decision and purchase you make, so be sure to work out your budget before you start planning. Once again,I= it can be an uncomfortable conversation to have, but it’s better to get it out of the way now so you have a realistic picture about what you can spend.
Editors Note—–> What I did for my wedding was made a list of what was important and split the different sections into percents. ( Entertainment, Photos, Food, ETC)
The Guest List
Your budegt and your guest list will go hand in hand. As you begin to contrust your guest list, there’s a number of factors to consider. If you have a particular ceremony or reception site in mind, for instance, you’re going to be limited by how many people it can accommodate (you can’t squeeze 200 people into a house). Would you rather have quality one-on-one time with each guest or throw a once-in-a-lifetime party for all your friends and family? The list can grow quickly if mom and dad won’t budge about inviting throngs of friends and family, you’ll have to hear them out—especially if they’re footing a major part of the bill. Keep in mind that more guests means higher prices, as catering costs are generally calculated on a per-head basis. So, in addition to location, your budget will have a big influence on the size of your guest list.
Consider a Planner
If you’re a super-busy couple, have demanding jobs or have big (read: complicated) dreams for your wedding weekend, then you should hire a full-time wedding planner to help you prepare your entire event, from the engagement party to the honeymoon. Another option is a day-of coordinator, who will make sure everything goes smoothly on your wedding day.
Hire a Day of Wedding Planner
Hire Priority Vendors
If you just can’t imagine getting married without a certain Disc Jockey playing at the reception or a photographer whose work you love, act fast. Many top wedding photographers and other in-demand vendors are hired more than a year in advance, and once they’re booked, they’re gone. Translation: Figure out what your highest wedding priorities are, whether it’s world-class catering or exquisite flowers, and snap up the vendors whose work you love.