Cheers to a new year! I can not believe we are about to enter our ninth year of business and we are SO looking forward to all the amazing weddings to come in 2016. We take a limited number of weddings each year and have already filled most of our schedule but we DO still have a few spots left. We’d love for you to get in touch and tell us more about your ideas and plans! And read on for my best advice on where to start when you FIRST get engaged ENJOY!
I’m engaged! Now What?
I still (vaguely) remember that feeling of being newly-engaged and it’s AWESOME. So soak it in! Enjoy those first few weeks before diving head first into planning as couples often make a few mistakes if they don’t do some thinking FIRST. Here are the top 3 conversations to have BEFORE you set a date and start booking venues.
1) The budget: Before you start researching your vendors and placing deposits, you need to have a rough idea of your overall budget. As almost every other decision you make will be determined by this number. It is important to do some research in your area as not every city is the same. And that blanket “average cost of a wedding is $25,000” (or whatever it is these days) that you read on wedding websites is totally wrong. Yup, wrong. Why? Because who is to say what “average” is? Yes, we all know the definition of average but the wedding you envision in your head may be well above “average”. So do some research before you decide on that magic number and make sure your expectations align with reality.
2) Make a guest list. It doesn’t have to be a full list or an exact number. But at least have an idea of whether you are inviting 125 people or 325 people. And keep in mind this number will be tied very closely to your budget. What is the only sure-fire way to decrease your budget? Decrease the number of guests.
3) Make a wish list. What are the priorities for your day? How do you want to feel on your wedding day? What do you want your guests experience on your wedding day? What words sum up you two as a couple and what you want the overall vibe to be at your event? It’s important that you and your partner are on the same page.
In the next post, I’ll reveal those first real steps to take now that you’re truly ready to get started with the planning! Stay tuned!
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