If you just recently gotten engaged, congratulations – now it’s time for the wedding planning. There are so many things to decide you may not know where to start. Relax, because we’ve put together a list of things to get you started.
Start a Pinterest board or binder.
Begin searching through pins for things that inspire you – they don’t even have to be wedding themed if they spark an idea. You can even pin directly from wedding blogs and design websites so that it’s all in one place. If you prefer a hands-on approach leaf through bridal, lifestyle, fashion, gardening, design, and food magazines for inspiration.
Work out your budget.
Determine how much you have to spend, based on your families’ contributions and your own. This is a crucial step before moving forward with any vendors and guests list. Be realistic about what you can afford or you may be disappointed later when you have to cut something you really wanted because you can’t afford it.
Choose a time of year.
You don’t have to be specific with a date yet until you nail down a venue but choose a season such as Spring or Fall or even a month. This will be one of the first things people will ask you after you get engaged and it’s most important to the wedding party as they play a significant role in your big day.
Pick your wedding party and create your guest list.
A binder is great for more than just your inspiration, it’s a great place to keep names, addresses, and any other contact information you need. You’ll want to choose your wedding party pretty soon after your announce your engagement. The sooner they know, the sooner they can make arrangements and help you plan your wedding especially if you’re not planning on hiring a planner. A rough headcount allows you to talk to vendors and really assess cost and determine whether you need to cut it further.