The first few weeks post becoming engaged fly by in the blink of an eye! Between friends, family, and co-workers wishing you well, engagement celebrations and the new chapter of your relationship you’ll hardly have time to consider the next steps!
But next steps there will be, and consider them you must! At least, if you want to have a wedding anytime soon! Regardless of whether you intend to get married in as little as six months or as long as two years, it’s helpful to have an idea of what needs to happen to get the ball rolling.
Here Are Our Wedding Planning Tips
If you recently became engaged, congratulations! Here are a few priorities to consider to begin the early stages of wedding planning:
Pick Your Timeframe
The question on everyone’s lips will be “when is the wedding?” but you won’t have an answer for them until you choose a venue. There’s no need to immediately jump into venue selection, but you can sit down with your partner and determine a time frame to shoot for. Say you got engaged this past December, you can roughly decide how much time you’d like to plan the wedding. If you decide you’d like at least a year, you can look a year ahead and determine which month(s) after that point you’d like to marry. Most likely you’ll easily land on a time frame.
This way, when you do visit venues, you’ll already know which months you’re considering and can check availability. It’s no fun to find a dream venue just to discover it’s already booked for your ideal time frame after arriving to the venue for a tour.
Imagine Possible Themes + Settings
When there are infinite possibilities, it’s much more challenging to narrow anything down. A wedding planning best practice is to choose one or two theme options. For example, you may already know you want a Secret Garden inspired wedding, which means you won’t need to waste time touring venues that don’t fit within your vision.
Another method is to imagine your ideal setting. Perhaps you have your heart set for an elegant outdoor wedding reception. Or, maybe you’ve always dreamed of having your wedding reception in a historic hotel. Whatever your dream setting(s) may be, use it to guide the rest of your planning!
Don’t Waste Any Time in Drafting a Budget
The finances are the most critical underlying detail in planning a wedding. Trying to plan any detail is futile without knowing what sort of budget you’re working within. A budget will help all parties involved to manage expectations at the onset, rather than months down the line! A stunning wedding can be planned and executed on any budget, but the budget must be known and understood for the success of the wedding and the happiness of all involved!
Money is often an uncomfortable subject to bring up with your partner, family, and future in-laws. We recommend sitting down with your partner first, getting on the same page, and then meeting with your respective families together. Try to set any expectations aside, and listen to what everyone has to say. Together you’ll take in all the information and then move forward accordingly!
Once You Have a Budget, You Can Draft a Guestlist
Knowing the budget for your wedding will help guide your guest list. This can be a blessing in disguise. We all know wedding guest lists can get out of control, quickly! It’s a happy occasion to say “I Do” surrounded by loved ones, but weddings aren’t cheap, and you want to make sure your guest list is more quality focused than quantity.
Select Your Best Guys and Gals
Now that you know who you’re going to spend forever with, it’s time to decide who you want by your side on the special day, and to help out along the way! Regardless of when or where your wedding is, you can at least decide who the bridesmaids and groomsmen will be. Asking your best friends and family to be part of the bridal party will also allow them the chance to keep an open schedule and mind for when you do set a date and location.
Alright, some of the most important foundational decisions have been – or will soon be! You can sit back and relax for a little while (if you have at least a year until you intend to marry), and savor those early months of being engaged! Get nice and relaxed because when it comes time to put a deposit down on a venue and start filling in the rest of the details, you may not have as much time to relax! We hope our five early action steps help you get the ball rolling. Again, congratulations and we wish you a happy engagement and long life together!
For those happy couples looking to marry in the beautiful rolling countryside of Westchester County, New York, visit Doral Arrowwood online, or in-person, to get a glimpse of the magical wedding you can have here!