Congratulations! You're engaged!! Now comes the 100's of pins on pinterest, the crazy whirlwind of wedding planning and the stress! Well, yes, some of that is true, but hopefully you also enjoy the process a little bit too!
Here are 5 things you should focus on FIRST before all of the other stuff gets in the way.
1) Pick a date
Yep, you'd think this would be obvious, but you'd be surprised. The date is the first thing you really need to think about. Take everything into consideration. Is it a time of year you really love? Is it near any major holiday? Will travel be difficult? Will the weather cooperate? Do you have enough time to get vendors together? All of these things need to be considered when you are picking a date, because they are all important factors. Obviously you can't please everyone with the date, but you want to make sure you pick a date that the majority of your friends and family can make.
2) Pick a vision/theme
Whether it's a color scheme or you are having robots and ribbons as your theme, try to nail one down soon, so that you can easily pick a venue and vendors that will help bring that theme to life. We've seen too many guys and gals pick a venue that doesn't work well with their theme, and then not be happy with it. Nail down what your look is going to be, and everything else will flow from there.
3) Find a Dress or start shopping, at least!
You'd be surprised how long it can take to find a dress. You never know. You might be one of the lucky ones and find your dress the first time out. OR you may try on 100 dresses and still not find the one you love. Give yourself ample time to find the dress you want to get married in.
4) Pick a Venue
Most venues start booking 1 year in advance. Especially if it's a popular venue, you'll want to jump on that as soon as possible. Pick your top 3 favorite venues, and call them to see if your preferred date is available. You should be able to hold your date for a little bit, until you make your final decision or someone else is requesting your same date, from the venue. Obviously, if you know your vision and theme, you can pick a venue that fits it well. That's why we put that BEFORE picking your venue. You don't want to get locked into a venue and then decide that instead of a beach wedding, you want a barn instead.
5) Pick your Wedding Party
Knowing who you want to stand with you on that big day, is an important decision. Think about who has been your friends the longest, or even who you've grown really close to over the last year. It can be hard to pick a bridal party, so take a little time with your fiancee to figure out how many attendants you want and who you want them to be. Sometimes a decision you thought would be so easy, turns out to be pretty hard. You might feel the pressure to pick people because they are family members or that you've known them forever, but unless you feel really close to them now, go with your heart and pick who best fits with who you are now.
Obviously there are many more steps to planning a wedding, but if you can get the big 5 out of the way, it will be much smoother sailing. We promise!
Keeping you Stylish,