Christmas and New Years are the most popular time of the year to get engaged. So now that you have made it official, it is time to start planning your big day! Figuring out the next steps and knowing where to start can be extremely daunting, therefore, we have compiled some helpful tips to make wedding planning easier:
Step 1: Choose a wedding date
There are many things to consider when choosing your wedding date. Firstly, decide which season you want to get married in. If you and your fiancée are snowbirds, having a winter wedding is beautiful and is much more cost effective. It will also be easier to find the vendors you want, as winter is considered to be off season for weddings. However, if you are expecting a lot of out of town guests, be aware that the weather may affect their travel plans.
Spring and summer are generally the most popular times of the year to get married. Having an outdoor ceremony and taking your photos in a park or by the water are ideal, but keep in mind that you may need to be more flexible with your date, venue and vendors.
Step 2: Think of a budget range
It is important to have a budget range in mind for your wedding. Choose an ideal amount and an absolute maximum amount and you will most likely land somewhere in the middle. Make sure to allot 10-15% of your budget for ‘extras/miscellaneous’ costs, as last minute and unexpected costs often creep up closer to the wedding date.
Step 3: Compile a rough idea of your guest list
You do not need to know exact numbers right away, but it is important to have a rough idea of the amount of guests you will be expecting. Many venues have a certain maximum capacity or some even have a minimum guest or spend guarantee. Make sure to speak with your parents to get a sense of their guest list, as well.
Step 4: Research
Now is the time to start going through your secret stash of wedding magazines. Flag your favourite dress styles, flower types and color combinations. Spend some time online as well and start putting together a Pinterest board. Make sure to take note of things you DO NOT like as well. You do not need to have every detail worked out, but it is very helpful to your wedding planner and your vendors, to have some idea of what you are looking for.
Step 5: Hire a professional wedding planner