Are you planning a wedding and don't know where to start? This is one of the most important moments of your life. Many newly engaged couples first think planning a wedding is easy. On average it can take 200 hours to plan a wedding in addition to your other life obligations. No one has an extra 200 hours laying around. Many times couples start planning and realize they need help. To help you have a great start to planning your big day here's 3 things you want to iron out first.
Get Organized , Stay Organized
Before you start planning on pinterest and buy 5 wedding planning magazines, because lets face it you need all 5. Start organizing your game plan.
1. Take time to set up an email account strictly for corresponding with your vendors. If you want to go the extra mile you can also create folders for each vendor you're with. This will help you keep your wedding emails from getting lost in your private emails.
2. Set aside one day out of the week solely for wedding planning. This gives you certain day to really focus on what needs to be done. Don't forget to let your finance know that this day is dedicated to wedding talk.
3. Start building your wedding planning binder. Having a physical place to keep all those notes, ideas, and contracts. Trust me this will help you in the long run from loosing much needed paper work.
Talk about your budget. Before you begin looking at venues, and vendors,or buying all those cute wedding accessories that have bride written all over them. Talk about those numbers, break down your budget. The last way you want to start off your new marriage is by being broke, because you wanted a fabulous wedding. We all get bridal fever ( especially in the beginning) and want to squeeze in every wedding item on the planet that we see and instantly fall in love with for your wedding day. This is the time to make sure your dream fits into your budget.
Begin Dreaming, Figure Out Your Vision
Now that that's over. Let the dreaming begin. Wait, not yet, you need to nail down what you vision is for your day. What does it look like? What does it sound like? Separate the things you can't live without on your wedding day from the expenses you can toss back into the wedding bowl. To help you figure out your vision I've included a printable worksheet to help you discover your wedding needs, wants and visions.