Congratulations on getting engaged! When you have a few seconds to pull your eyes away from your sparkly ring, there are decisions to make when you’re planning a wedding. Even if you don’t plan on getting married for a while, a few things need to be planned early. As soon as you are engaged, people love to ask if you have set a date. That needs to be one of the first things to decide on. Even if you just narrow it down to a month and a year, it will get people off your backs. It also gives the important people in your life time to plan. You don’t want to get to near your wedding and realise that one of your bridesmaids already has a holiday planned at the same time.
It is hard to give an exact date until you are decided on the location, amongst other things. But a rough idea is most helpful when you start to plan your wedding. It also gives you a timeline to work back from. If you know roughly when you’ll be getting married, you’ll know roughly when to look for a dress. You’ll know roughly when to schedule in a bridal shower or hen party, for example. You can also start to send out save the date cards or even your invitations. It is a good idea to think about the style of invites that you want before they get sent out. Quite often the theme will follow through to other aspects of your wedding. So that is a decision that should be made early on too. You could look at Pure Invitation’s laser cut wedding invitations to see if that is a style that you would like. You might prefer more modern, or even to make them yourself.
Next, comes one of the most important things when it comes to wedding planning; the budget. It is a conversation that needs to happen fairly early on. Whether that means sitting down with parents or grandparents, or just your fiance and yourself. You need to know what budget you are looking at. It might affect the date that you choose, as well as things like location and number of guests. It might feel like a little bit of an awkward conversation to have, but it has to happen.
Then the dream wedding planning can begin. You might have an idea in your head of what you would love. You might have a dedicated Pinterest board for it too. If not, it is time to get some wedding magazines and choosing the things that you would love. If for example, you want a simple outdoor wedding, then it will determine the location that you choose. If you have always wanted a grand church wedding, then it will narrow down your location choices too. So make a few notes of the kind of wedding that you and your other half would love.
Good luck as you plan your upcoming wedding! It is such a busy, but ridiculously exciting time!