by Wedding Planner and Designer Corrie Spearing
333 Designs, www.333designs.com
You are engaged! Now, what do you do first? Below are the 5 most important focuses that I feel you should consider when starting/before you even start the planning process. I have planned and spent many years being a part of this industry- these are a few tips that I give all my brides when they first get engaged. Deep breath. You can do this!
1. Do not neglect your significant other -You are getting married. Be sure you never lose sight of the reason this process started in the first place. Plan date nights regularly that do not involve wedding planning or even wedding talk. Your life together is the most important factor. It is the reason why you even have to plan anything at all…do not lose sight of each other by getting all caught up in the details. Have a glass of wine together and just enjoy why you said YES.
2. Choose your top 5 non-negotiable. -Decide what is most important to you as a couple and at your wedding. Are pictures the most important? Weather/time of year? Make a list and prioritize these things first. Do not compromise on these non-negotiable, only compromise with items and details less important to you.
3. Your Guestlist. -Probably the hardest thing you will have to do in the planning process. Start now. Make your A, B, C list and start collecting addresses. Start a google drive that you both can view and take it day by day. You can never start collecting addresses soon enough.
4. BUDGET. -Set a “heart attack” budget, meaning you may not have a set price for each vendor or item, or even know what to expect but, you do know how much you DO NOT want to spend. You can develop a budget percentage/break down from that “heart attack” base. Then do a little research on the average cost of items and delegate a percentage to those items. When you have the all these numbers ready provide them to your vendors. Letting vendors know your budget when you start a meeting will help them provide you with the options available. When/if you go over budget in a specific area, remember to not compromise on the non-negotiable items (see #2) you can pull from your budget in areas that are not a priority to you to help balance everything out.
5. Your Wedding Date. – Venues book up sometimes a year in advance (or more). Narrow down your search for what you want to have in a venue (bar, food, time frame, price). Pick three dates and call the venues to see if they are available on those dates. Have a few options can help you get the venue you desire.
Remember enjoy this process. Do not lose sight of #1 and #2 and your planning process will go much more smoothly and enjoyable for all!