If you just got engaged a big, CONGRATULATIONS is in order. As you begin the planning process there are a few things that you must do before you can really start actively planning the wedding.
A. First and foremost, create a realistic budget. We all have one, now matter how big or small we all have a budget. It’s good to know what that is before you start looking at venues or figuring out how many guests will be invited. If you need a little help, this blog post may be a good place to look at. You may tweak it as you go but for the most part this will be a good guide throughout the process.
B. Create a guest list. Start gathering addresses for all your guests along with contact information (this will be handy if you have the wrong mailing address or your guest forgets to RSVP on time). Compiling all this information will take a while, but for now it’s good to start creating a list of who will be invited. Add up all the guests. Is it just the right amount? Is it too many based on the budget you created? Trim, or tweak as needed.
C. Select a wedding date. Would you like a summer wedding? Maybe the warm weather is not your thing and will opt for the fall. Whatever that may be… start narrowing down on a few months or make sure you know of certain dates that can be a conflict with most of your guests schedules (ie the Saturday before Easter Sunday is one of those dates to avoid).
Now that you are armed with all of these things you can start location scouting for the ceremony and reception. You will be asked two questions over and over again…. When is your wedding date? and How many guests are you anticipating? Since you already have these two answered, and you have already put together a budget you are ready to begin the process.
Let the planning and the fun….BEGIN!