You have found the perfect partner, the ring is gorgeous and now you can start planning the most amazing wedding-yours! While certainly excited you are also probably feeling overwhelmed with all the to do’s you have before your I do’s. Here are the top five things you should do now to kick off your wedding planning adventure!
Tip #1: Set your budget:This is the most important first step in wedding planning. Your budget will guide everything. Budget should include all costs. Also this is a great time to discuss if parents will be contributing and how much.
Tip #2: Prioritize: Now that you have a budget start dividing it up among your costs. Rule of thumb is that 50% of your budget will go toward your reception costs (venue, food and beverage) How the remaining 50% is spent is your decision, do you want a band or a DJ, do you care if there are live flowers or just candles on the table? These are the decisions that should be made before you email or call the first vendor.
Tip #3: Find your ceremony and reception location: Although it sounds fun to go dress shopping right away, you first should have your venue and date set before doing anything else. The date and location set the tone for the rest of the wedding.
Tip #4: Search out and collect ideas: whether it is a manila folder, an I-Pad or pinterest start collecting ideas you like/want for your wedding. Share these with your vendors so they understand your style. Don’t worry about whether they are in your budget-the job of your vendors is to figure out how to incorporate these concepts into your price point. You may not get everything you want but you should be able to get the look and feel you love.
Tip #5: Get organized. Buy a binder/planner. I recommend a basic three ring binder from Staples or Office Max that you can customize with tabs and pockets. Keep all of your vendor proposals, contracts, handouts from wedding shows etc in it. Bring it to your vendor appointments and go through it once a month to purge unneeded items.
Bonus Tip #1: Hire a wedding planner: A planner can make sure that the budget you set is being used effectively, provide creative solutions to issues and also take the wedding stress off of your shoulders. A good wedding planner will let you be as involved as you want to be. If you cannot afford a full service planner then PLEASE have a wedding day manager more commonly known as a day of coordinator, let an expert worry about the details of the day so you can have fun and enjoy the wedding you have spent so much time perfecting and planning.We have some prime dates available for your Spokane/CdA wedding. Contact us to chat about your wedding planning needs!
Congratulations on your engagement and till next time I hope your wedding planning results in a fabulous “Red Letter Day”