Congrats on your engagement!! Now that the two of you have made the decision to tie the knot, you may be feeling overwhelmed and wondering what to do first. Here is a fool-proof, five-step plan for getting the ball rolling:
- Share the news with family and close friends. There is no rush to begin planning wedding details right away…your engagement is (and should be!!) much more about your coming marriage and building new family relationships. Sometimes loved ones can get a little too carried away with their questions, especially asking when you’ve set the date. Don’t feel pressured to nail anything down yet- “We’re thinking next fall,” or something general will be enough to satisfy.
- Talk wedding budget with your SO. Money trouble is a top cause of marital dissatisfaction, so make sure you get this started off on the right foot. Average wedding budgets in Springfield range from about $7,500-$15,000 but it truly depends on what you are both comfortable with. Weddings can be beautiful in a local park with a potluck or at Chateau on the Lake with an 8-course meal, and everything in between. Set a budget that allows you to have some fun celebrating, but still invest in long-term goals like saving for a house or taking a killer honeymoon.
- Hire your wedding planner. Just in case you didn’t read our series on why you need a wedding coordinator, this your friendly reminder that a good planner is the very best way to save time, money, and avoid stressful situations. Your consultation with your planner should include her taking a look at your budget and vision to see if you are a good fit for her experience and pricing structure. Once you find your match, she’ll do the legwork of narrowing down the right vendors for you and making sure everything falls into place.
- Build a vision board. You can do this using social media or kick it old-school and collage it. Ideas should be as grand as you’d like- the idea is to visualize your top priorities and the vibe you are going for. This board helps with your decision-making process as you are choosing vendors down the road.
- Start visiting venues with your date in mind. Be prepared to sign a contract and pay the deposit when you find the right venue. Popular spots can book out a year in advance or more, so when you find the right spot be prepared to secure it!
And that’s it to get you off to a really great start!! If you’ve made it through the first two steps and are ready to hire your wedding planner, we’d love to meet you! Visit our contact page to schedule your consultation, or call/text Steph at (615)975-5367, or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org