If you’re like most brides I meet, you need a little help getting started. Speaking from experience, the beginning stages of wedding planning can be an overwhelming experience filled with anxiety over what colors to use, who to invite, and of course, where to hold your wedding. Below, I’ve taken my experience and combined it with the industry’s top tips and tricks to help you get started on your planning adventure.
The most important thing to remember is to keep your day true to you and your significant other.
Tip 1 - Create a rough guest list: This number will change throughout the planning, but it’s good to have an idea of how large of a wedding you’re planning. This will help you when choosing a venue, caterer, and in establishing a budget.
Tip 2 - Speaking of budgets, have one: Whether you’re paying for your entire wedding or have help in one way or another, it’s smart to set a rough budget to help you gauge where you’re willing to splurge and where you want to save. For me, personally, I chose to splurge on an open bar and an amazing DJ who would run the show. This meant I went with a less expensive caterer, made my own decor — including my bouquet, and passed on tiny details like chair covers or sashes.
Tip 3 - Choose a date: This might seem like a simple one, but there are a lot of things to take into consideration. If you have a lot of guests traveling in, you may want to avoid holidays that have a high travel rate and inflated prices. You’ll also want to avoid any large local events that could make booking hotels difficult or increase local travel. For us, we knew July was the month, but we were cautious to avoid the annual Football Hall of Fame Festival (Canton, OH if you’re a football fan and want to have some fun!)
Tip 4 - Create a mood board: Pinterest is a great tool for gathering inspiration on what you think you’d like at your wedding, but beware of falling into what I like to call the “trendy trap”. Right now, greenery, cream, and gold is really in, but if that isn’t what you truly love, you don’t have to include it. Same goes for donut boards, handpainted signs, and agate slice place cards. If they don’t represent you or they stretch the budget too thin, let them go. Your day will be more unique if you march to the beat of your own drum.
Of course, there are a lot more tips and tricks to keep in mind, but you’re just starting out. Taking a step back, breathe, and enjoy this new engagement season full of love and laughter.
When you’re ready to move forward, I’ll be here waiting to help you.