Where to start first

Getting engaged is such an exciting time, especially when you start planning your big day. Wedding planning can be an exciting and overwhelming process, but with a little organization and patience, you can create the wedding of your dreams. 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.

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

Set Your Date & Choose Your Venue

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. If you do happen to find a venue that really speaks to you, you can choose your date based on your dream venue's availability.

Your Aesthetic

Choosing your wedding day aesthetic is an important decision that sets the tone for your big day. From the color scheme and decorations to your dress and flowers, every detail should align with your vision and theme. From old world romance romantic to modern and minimalist, there are countless styles to choose from. Consider your personal style and preferences, as well as the venue and season. Research and gather inspiration from bridal magazines, instagram, Pinterest, and weddings you've attended. Don't be afraid to mix and match different styles and incorporate personal touches. Talk to your partner and wedding planner to narrow down your options and create a cohesive and beautiful aesthetic for your special day. Take your time when researching and allow your inspiration to grow. I highly recommend hiring a wedding planner or designer to help bring your vision to life. Be sure to communicate your ideas and preferences with your vendors, and don't be afraid to make changes and adjustments along the way. Your wedding day aesthetic should reflect who you are as a couple, and create a beautiful and cohesive look for your special day.

Make A Budget

Your finances can very quickly get out of hand if you do not create a budget. Budgets are not always fun but by setting a realistic budget before you start planning, you will make the entire process a lot less stressful. Once your budget is set - Your Wedding Planner will only show you options that will fit into your budget and will be respectful to your budget.

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. Once you get your guest list in order you can start working on getting addresses for your invitations. Have someone help you do this! It can be a big job depending on the number of guests you invite.

Plan Your Honeymoon

Planning your honeymoon is just as important as planning your wedding day itself. Your honeymoon is an opportunity for you and your partner to relax, unwind and celebrate your new union together. It’s a chance to create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime. A well-planned honeymoon will ensure that you have a stress-free and enjoyable experience. It also provides a chance to travel to a new destination, experience new cultures, and indulge in new activities with your partner. By planning your honeymoon in advance, you can avoid any last-minute stress and disappointment, and instead, focus on creating the perfect romantic getaway for the two of you. Overall, planning your honeymoon is an essential part of your wedding preparations and can contribute to a successful start to your married life.

Delegation and Final Touches

Please do not be afraid to delegate tasks to friends and family members. Your loved ones are likely eager to help and support you, so don't hesitate to ask for their assistance with tasks such as addressing envelopes, setting up decorations, or organizing your wedding party.

As the big day approaches, finalize all the details and create a timeline for the day. Your photographer and wedding planner will be a great resource for this task. Communicate with your vendors and wedding party to ensure everyone is on the same page. Also, do not forget to give your vendors and wedding party a physical or digital copy of your timeline.

Overall, wedding planning takes time and organization. Set a budget, choose a venue and vendors, and plan the details. Planning can be a lot of work but you will absolutely enjoy the calmness you feel after it's all said and done!

Happy Planning,

Jessica Blackburn