First of all – Congratulations!! You’re getting married! It’s such an exciting time, but we know that it can also be a stressful and overwhelming time when you have to start thinking about the actual wedding planning.
A lot of you have never actually done this before – and it is often the biggest and most expensive event that you’ve had to plan, so it’s completely understandable that you might be feeling STRESSED!
So, where do you even begin when you have no idea where to start? Fear not, for this blog post will guide you through the essential first steps to kickstart your wedding planning process and set you on the path to creating the dream wedding you’ve always envisioned.
1. Take a Moment to Celebrate
Before diving headfirst into the planning process, take a moment to celebrate your engagement with your partner and loved ones. Let the excitement and joy sink in before moving on to the nitty-gritty of wedding planning. It’s an essential milestone, so savor the moment and let the anticipation build.
2. Define Your Vision
Close your eyes and envision your perfect wedding day. What do you see? A beachfront ceremony with the sun setting on the horizon? A rustic barn reception with twinkling fairy lights? Defining your vision will be the guiding light throughout your planning journey. Discuss your ideas with your partner to ensure you’re both on the same page, and make a list of your must-haves and deal-breakers.
3. Set a Budget
While not the most glamorous aspect of wedding planning, setting a budget is crucial. Determine how much you and your partner are comfortable spending on your wedding. Be realistic and considerate of any financial contributions from family members. Allocate funds to different elements such as the venue, catering, attire, photography, and other essential components. Having a clear budget will help you make informed decisions as you move forward.
4. Create a Wedding Planning Timeline
Now that you have a vision and budget in mind, it’s time to create a wedding planning timeline. Decide on a rough date or season for your wedding day. Remember, flexibility can be your friend as you may need to consider venue availability and vendor schedules. Break down the tasks into manageable monthly or weekly goals. This will prevent feeling overwhelmed and keep you organized throughout the process.
5. Start Researching
With your vision, budget, and timeline in place, it’s time to begin researching. Use wedding websites, social media platforms, and bridal magazines to gather inspiration. Look for potential venues and vendors that align with your vision. Reach out to friends and family who recently got married for recommendations. Don’t forget to read reviews and testimonials to ensure you’re choosing reliable and reputable vendors.
6. Create a Wedding Planning Binder or Digital Folder
Organisation is key to successful wedding planning. Create a physical wedding planning binder or a digital folder on your computer to store all your research, contracts, and important information. This will be your go-to resource throughout the planning process, helping you stay on top of everything and preventing any essential details from slipping through the cracks.
7. Hire a Wedding Planner (Optional)
If you’re feeling overwhelmed or simply prefer to have a professional handle the details, consider hiring a wedding planner. A planner can assist with everything from finding vendors to managing the wedding day timeline, allowing you to relax and enjoy the process. Click here to book a FREE discovery call with our team now to find out more about how we can help with your planning.