Planning a wedding can take up a lot of your time. It’s also a huge financial undertaking and most couples aren’t quite ready for that just yet. That said, it’s worth it for a day that celebrates your love and commitment to one another. Here are a few things to consider as you start your wedding planning journey.
1. Choose a date.
This might seem obvious, but it’s a crucial first step to make sure you can accommodate all of your guests’ schedules. Then, you can start looking at venues and vendors to ensure they will be available on your preferred date. 2. Set a budget.
When determining your budget, it’s important to be realistic about what you can afford and how much you want to spend on each part of your wedding. This will help you to keep your expectations in check and avoid any potential hiccups down the road.
3. Create a seating plan.
Once you have your RSVPs rounded up, it’s time to start creating your seating plan. Be sure to account for dietary restrictions and any other special requests your guests might have. You should also give this information to your caterer so they can prepare accordingly.
4. Send out invitations.
Once your invitations are sent out, you can begin to think about how to decorate the rest of the venue and finalize your guest list. You may want to ask your guests to RSVP via email or create a wedding website, so you can get an accurate headcount for the big day.
5. Pick a maid of honor and best man.
Your maid of honor and best men will be by your side throughout the wedding, so it’s important to carefully select these roles. Traditionally, the size of the bride’s retinue was closely linked to her family’s social status and wealth, and this trend continues in modern times as well. If you’re having a larger bridal party, consider giving each person a gift to show your appreciation for their support.
6. Pick a photographer and videographer.
A good photographer or videographer can capture all the important moments on your wedding day, so it’s essential to find someone who you trust. Start by asking friends and family for recommendations, then narrow down the options based on your style and budget.
7. Order your rings, and have them engraved (if applicable).
Once the invitations are ordered, it’s time to order your rings and have them engraved (if applicable). This is a great way to add a personal touch and to remember the day that started your life together.
8. Purchase any additional decor items for the ceremony and reception.
From a unity candle to a cake server, there are so many fun decorations you can incorporate into your wedding day. Start by checking out Pinterest for ideas, and then narrow down the options to what you both really like.
9. Send out welcome bags to your guests if you’re doing them.