Determine your budget
Weddings can range anywhere from a small private ceremony to over the top celebrations. Figure out what kind of day you and your babe want and put your budget together. There are so many expenses when planning a wedding, and solidifying your budget early will keep you on track as you start to plan.
Quick tip: Research the average amount spent on each vendor. It will prevent sticker shock when you really start to plan!
Decide whether or not to hire a wedding planner
Wedding planners are an AMAZING resource to have when preparing for you big day, however some brides prefer to do their planning on their own. Figure out which option is better for you early and begin the planning process. Having a wedding planner will help you connect with vendors, create your timeline, and make sure everything is perfect and on schedule on your wedding day. Planning your own wedding can be rewarding, but understand there are many additional responsibilities you’ll be taking on.
Location and Date
One of the most important aspects of your wedding is the location…and it’s also time sensitive. Putting off setting a date and finding the right venue can result in your ideal venue getting booked for your date. Every couple is looking for the perfect place to start their forever, so the earlier you can make a decision the more options will be available. You’d hate to miss out on your perfect Venue because you were having trouble nailing down a date.
Plan your wedding party
If you’re anything like me, your besties are spread all over the country. Let them know early what your date is so they can plan their travel (cuz them b*tches are coming whether they like it or not). Giving those special guests as much notice as possible will ensure they are all available for your big day.
Begin Researching Vendors
Finding the right vendors and reaching out at the right time is crucial to ensuring you have exactly what you want, so be sure you stay disciplined and organized so nothing gets missed. If you’re moving forward on your own, don’t be afraid to reach out to your vendors for advice, depending on who you hire. Weddings are a big undertaking, and your venue, photographer, and other vendors have seen the process hundreds of times. Don’t shy away from leaning on their experience if you feel lost. I LOVE being able to support my brides and pull from my experience when they are making a big decision—so just ask!!
Parting thought-Your wedding is going to be AMAZING. Enjoy the months leading up to it with your fiancé and never lose sight of what you’re really doing – starting your life together. The glitz and glam is always fun, but your love is more important and will last so much longer, so enjoy the months leading up to your big day!