Engagements are indeed to be celebrated. After pleasant surprise of the proposal, and enjoying that cloud nine moment, it’s time to get serious and make smart decisions by starting your wedding plans. Here’s a guide that may help you get transitioned easily.
Set a Timeline
After the engagement, everyone will start asking when the wedding is. Do not be swayed by excitement and just throw away dates that you think you want your wedding to happen. You need to consider a lot of major decision before that big day is determined (Venue, Catering Services etc.).
First thing you should do is to focus on a date range that you think works. The average engagement period for couples is usually a year and a half. Also a point to consider are major holidays and conflicts in major family events that you should avoid, and of course the length of preparation you will give yourselves to plan everything out smoothly.
Determine your style and chose a location
For sure you already have a dream wedding in mind. Try to imagine that and look at it on details – the style, vibe, theme, color scheme and the likes. Find a venue that you think can hold a wedding like what you have imagined. To have a better idea of what kind of wedding you want, you can source out for an inspiration by looking it up online and checking out previous weddings and get ideas from there.
Some of the questions you should be asking yourself:
· Do I want a grand or intimate event?
· Indoors or Outdoors?
· What wedding style do I prefer? Traditional? Modern? Classic? Glam? Unconventional?
Set your Wedding Budget
For everything to be placed, money is always involved. Couples should talk about how much they are willing to spend on their wedding. If they will sought a contribution from their families, this should be talked about and set as early as the start of planning so you can have a figure in mind whenever you are adding details to the wedding.
Create a Preliminary Guest List
To start your Guest List, you need to take a lot into consideration. You need to know that capacity that the ceremony and the reception can accommodate. Remember that the more guest, the bigger the budget allocation will be, so always calculate before bulking up that list.
Have a Gift Registry
Don’t worry about looking like a gift-grabber because you won’t be. A wedding registry will save your guests from thinking on what to give you as gifts (though it is optional). A lot can be found online and you can share it to them along with your invitation or after they confirmed attendance ti your wedding.
Propose to your Wedding Party
After your own proposal, it’s now your turn to propose to your bridesmaids and grooms men. It’s best to ask them early on so you can find someone else if the others won’t be making it. These people will also be spending their money and donate their time for you (in organizing bachelor/bachelorette parties, their own attires, helping out in wedding planning and more). Asking them early also shows you appreciate their time and effort.
Hire a Consultant
For couples who are busy and have the money to spend, it is best to hire a consultant. This may look like an extra cost, but this will save you time in planning the entire event. Another option you may want to consider is hiring an On-the-day Wedding Coordinator that will ensure that things will run smoothly on your wedding day.
Book that Venue early
If you already found a venue that your wedding date matches, check if it can cater to all your preference. Once confirmed, book it right away. Early booking will give you a concrete consideration for everything that is in the rest of you wedding plans.
Hire that Highly Recommended Vendors Fast
That Local Band, Experienced Wedding Photographers and other highly recommended vendors are usually fully booked for like six months to a year in advance. Ask your friends for recommendations and check out their portfolios. Do not hesitate to reach out and ask all the questions before you seal the deal.
Save that Wedding Gown Style Idea
Start looking online on what kind of wedding gown or other dresses would you prefer for your wedding day before you head to a dress salon. Talk to the designer on what kind of details you want for your dresses. They also have style catalogues available for you to choose from. Remember that the more detailed your dress is, the more expensive it’ll be quoted for.
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