If you’re engaged or if someone close to you is, CONGRATULATIONS!! Wedding planning can seem a little daunting, so here are some practical steps from Better Together Planning to take once you get the ring this holiday season!!
First, take some time to celebrate this momentous occasion! Engagement is a big deal and deserves its moment, whether it’s a glass of champagne with your family, a full on engagement party, or just taking some time for the two of you to soak in the moment! Don’t let wedding planning overtake you until you get to celebrate.
I know, I know… Probably the most awkward conversation for a newly engaged couple, but trust me, you want to have it sooner rather than later. Wedding budgets can vary depending on location, so research the average wedding cost in your area or ask a friend who was recently involved with planning a wedding. Next, evaluate who is financially contributing… Will it just be y’all? Will parents be contributing? Is Grandma planning to buy your wedding dress? Sometimes social media paints a picture that is unattainable! Every situation is different, but knowing before dreaming helps you stay realistic!
START A GUEST LIST
For some reason, this step always seems to get skipped until later in the planning process. It is so important to do this in the beginning because you don’t want to fall in love with a venue that can’t accommodate your people. Also, people cost money, here’s a quick breakdown: One guest will sit at a table with a linen, centerpiece, chair, and place setting while they eat a meal with an alcoholic beverage followed by a slice of cake for dessert. The more guests you add, the more of these items you need. Having an idea of how many guests you invite will help you walk into the planning process with confidence!
CHAT ABOUT YOUR STYLE
Both of your lives are beginning to mold into one, and your wedding deserves to show off that blended personality. Consider things like fun new trends, the season you are thinking of getting married in, and the vibe you want to create. From here, decide on a style… examples include: rustic, romantic, elegant, garden party, eclectic, modern, boho, etc…
HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER
A wedding planner does more than just making lists. Having an advocate to support you during the wedding planning process is a game changer! Ask yourself these questions:
- Do you both work full time?
- Do you want to spend ALL your free time deep diving into wedding planning?
- Do you have an active social life?
- Will you be traveling during your engagement?
- Have you planned a wedding before?
- Do you have big expectations for design and aesthetics?
If these sparked some interest, a wedding planner might be a good idea for y’all!
Congratulations and happy wedding planning!!