Wedding Planning Beginners Guide

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You’re engaged?!! Oh my gosh, congratulations!!! We are SO happy to see you here and to see that you are doing the research to make your planning journey the easiest it can be! So we are going to let you in on a few secrets.

Once you begin planning, and you realize just how much planning your big day requires, it can be very overwhelming. So let’s break it down a little bit. 

Before you start calling vendors and scheduling tours, you’ll thank yourself for doing some pre-planning and research first. Absolutely first and foremost, come up with a budget. A safe, overall budget. Then, you will want to break your budget down into categories of what you want included in your big day, like full service caterer vs food truck and so on. Then, prioritize. Talk with your partner about what is most important to you. Is it the photographer and their abilities, or is it the alcohol? That kind of thing.

Once you have that foundation laid, choose a style. This is where the holy grail, pinterest steps in. Do you want a romantic western wedding? Or a moody and modern wedding? There is quite the spectrum when it comes to design. We always encourage couples to choose a design and style that speaks to them as people, and to their relationship and journey. Not just a white dress with a bouquet to toss, but a venue that speaks to your life! 

Then, it is finally the time you have been waiting for, to start looking at venues, making your appointments, looking at bridal shops, considering dates and times of the year and so on. We know that every bride’s instinct is to go straight to venue picking and dress try-ons. But laying a good foundation is the best thing you will ever do for yourself. 

Now, let’s talk about a planner. The great thing about wedding planners, is that we are here to support YOU how and when you need it! So if full service is what you are looking for, then dive into interviewing a few different planners as soon as you have your budget. They will be able to guide you on venues and bridal shops that will fall into your budget. If you just want help with the final details, we still encourage booking early on for availability, but it isn’t necessarily a must to be your next step. If you feel the need to have an expert to ask questions along the way, but not to do it all for you, our a la carte package is a great add on to any package! 

Whew! So much info! And this is just the beginning. Most importantly, enjoy this time. It will go by so fast. Being engaged is not meant to be forever, but it is meant to be enjoyed. There is a certain glow that “engaged” gives off. So live it UP!! And when you’re ready to hit the ground running, remember, we are here!

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