Wedding Planning 101: What to Start Planning First and When
Wedding Planning 101


Wedding Planning 101: What to Start Planning First and When

Getting engaged is such an exciting time, especially when you start planning your big day. There is so much that goes into planning a wedding that it’s often difficult to know where to start.

If you and your partner would like to start planning your wedding day, here is what you should focus on first:

Set a Date

Before you start searching for the perfect venue, you’re going to need to have a date in mind. You should also keep in mind that not all venues will have your date available so it’s best to have a few options in mind so that if you do happen to find a venue that really speaks to you, you will have several different dates to choose from. Keep in mind the type of wedding you are having. If you are opting for a garden wedding or micro-wedding, a week day or even a Sunday afternoon would be appropriate.

Budgeting Tip: Weekdays are often less expensive for venue rentals.

The Bigger Picture

Yes, the smaller details such as finding your dream dress and deciding on the flavor of your cake are all fun decisions to make. Before you even go there it’s important to create an overall vision for your wedding. What style really speaks to you as a couple and what type of atmosphere do you want to create on the day? Create a vision board where you can gather a few ideas to help with the bigger picture for your day. Make several copies of your vision board to bring and hand out to your vendors so everyone is on the same page.

Have a Budget in Place

Your finances can very quickly get out of hand if you don’t create a budget right from the start. Plus, you don’t want to start your life together as a married couple drowning in debt. By setting a realistic budget before you start planning you will make the entire process a lot less stressful. If family will be contributing to your day financially try to get an idea of how much or what they want to pay for.

Draft Your Guest List

Not only will your guest list affect your budget but it will also play a role in your venue search. Your guest list doesn’t have to be final but it helps to have a rough idea of how many people you think you will be inviting to your wedding.

Remember, a solid wedding planning foundation is key to designing the wedding of your dreams so start the planning process off right. 

Once you have completed these steps it is time to begin the important details! Use our Wedding Timeline Template below to get started!

Feeling overwhelmed preparing for your big day? We can help! Reach out to Sugar on the Rim Events and we will capture your perfect day.

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