Wedding Planning Tips

Every newly engaged gal wants to know the first steps she should take…after kissing her fiancé and jumping up and down of course. So we thought we would start our wedding planning and style guide off with ten wedding planning tips to get you started!

1. Start Envisioning:

Have you been envisioning your dream wedding since you were a little girl or is wedding planning entirely brand new? Are you set on string lights and mason jars filled with wildflowers, or still torn between a rustic ranch and an elegant ballroom? The first step in wedding planning is to figure out what you want your wedding to feel like. Have a conversation with your fiancé about both of your ideas of an ideal wedding, and look for common threads and adjectives.

2. Ask your wedding party:

Now that your fiancé has popped the question…it’s time to pop the question to your best friends: will you be my bridesmaid? Being a bridesmaid is a big commitment, both financially and emotionally, so it’s important that you ask rather than automatically expect a friend to be in your wedding party. And then of course you should drink some bubbly to celebrate!

3. Set your budget:

It’s tempting to start scheduling cake tastings and peeking into downtown ballrooms right away, but you can’t make any wedding planning decisions until you have a budget. You need to assess how much you and your fiancé have in savings and are willing to spend, and whether your parents will be helping with the costs. Talking finances may be the least fun part of wedding planning, but it’s absolutely essential.

4. Tell your story:

Your wedding planning should center on telling your story. Are you food truck foodies with a passion for craft beer? Are you addicted to your morning cappuccinos or art gallery hopping every weekend, do you share a penchant for Art Deco architecture or memories of hiking the Inca Trail? Let your mutual interests, aesthetics, and values as a couple guide both the look and feel of the wedding as well as your budget priorities.

5. Staying Organized:

Wedding planning doesn’t have to turn you from a blissful bride to be into an anxious bridezilla as long as you stay organized! With lots of details and contracts to keep track of and so much inspiration for every aspect of the wedding, it’s important to decide how you will collect it all to aid you in wedding planning. A wedding binder with categories separated by dividers will become your best friend, and a Pinterest board is a great wedding planning tool too!

6. Guest list:

Creating a preliminary guest list to get an approximate count is a must in the early stages of wedding planning. How many people you invite affects your choice of venue, your budget, and the feel of the wedding. We suggest creating an A list and a B list; the A list should be definite invites (immediate family members, closest friends, etc.) while the B list should be college pals, co-workers, family friends, etc. Then start prioritizing from the B list, because you probably won’t be able to invite everyone.

7. Research Venues and Vendors:

Wedding planning may not feel urgent when your date seems far away, but venues can get entirely booked a year or more in advance, and the same goes for vendors. Your venue is one of the most important decisions you will make and sets the tone for your day. And from the florist to the caterer, the photographer to the D.J., your vendors will help bring your vision to life, so it’s worth taking the time to be thorough in your research!

8. Daydream about the Dress:

While you don’t have to book a salon appointment or start searching online just yet, you can certainly start daydreaming about your wedding dress! You should begin your actual search 6-9 months before your wedding, but for now just grab a few magazines and bookmark the styles you like.

9. Ask for Help:

Weddings are a big production, whether it’s an intimate backyard DIY gathering of 60 or a lavish reception for 250! Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Your family, your wedding party, and trusted friends can all be called upon for opinions, small errands, vendor research, and practical help.

10. Have fun:

Don’t forget that wedding planning should be FUN! Remember to go on dates where wedding planning talk is not allowed. Step back, take a deep breath, and simply enjoy how momentous it is that you are engaged to the person you love.

Photography credit: Stephanie Williams (This Modern Romance)