Planning a wedding is an exciting time, but before you start with all those calls and preparations, there are a few things you need to do first. These three things should be done first to help you start planning your dream wedding without too many headaches.
Tell Family and Friends
The first thing you’ll want to do before you actually start planning your wedding is tell people. That doesn’t mean posting it on your social media account or sending a mass text. There’s nothing worse than your mother finding out about your engagement by reading it on your Facebook wall. Tell your close family members first, such as parents, grandparents and siblings. It is best to tell them in person or by phone call. Next, tell your closest friends, again in person or by phone call.
Telling your friends and family is not only respectful, it gives them the heads up that there is a wedding approaching. These are the people you have to have and most want at your wedding, so let them know well in advance, so they can share the joy with you. This gives them time to start helping you celebrate and plan as they offer assistance, suggestions and advice.
Set a Budget
It’s your special day, but you can’t spend more money than you have. Before planning, figure out what your budget is. Even if you have plenty of money saved, you might not want to spend it all on your wedding and have none for a honeymoon.
Don’t just determine the total amount you can spend on your wedding, figure out how much you can spend on each part of the wedding: flowers, dress, party favors, etc. With a set budget that details how much you want to spend on each portion of the wedding, there’s a smaller chance of overspending or running out of money before you’ve even paid for your dress.
Talk to your significant other to determine the wedding priorities. These are the big, less detailed items, such as location, size and date. These are the underlying factors that help you make all the smaller, more detailed plans and preparations.
When you discuss location, make sure to not only talk about the venue and whether you want it indoor or outdoor. Also determine if you want a destination wedding or one at home. Destination weddings are great, but if you are considering having one, your guests need to know as soon as possible, so they can begin saving and planning for time off from work or school.
If you do choose a destination wedding or some locale away from home, find out if there is a website with additional information. For example, if you are interested in getting married in beach weddings such as one in the Cape Cod area, the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce website offers venues, guest accommodations, vendors and dinning. A city’s website is a great way to find resources, especially if you are unfamiliar with the location.
Use these three tips as the foundation to your wedding planning. With them as your foundation, you’ll have an easier time making all the more difficult and detailed decisions.
Author Bio: Annette Hazard is a freelance writer that often writes about small businesses. She enjoys reading home blogs and occasionally writes for them. She is a mother of one and enjoys traveling in her free time.