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First Steps to Wedding Planning

Wedding planning can be overwhelming! Your wedding is the biggest event you have ever and may ever plan. There are lots of moving parts, multiple vendors, and it’s logistically challenging to think of everything, which you won’t. Something will be overlooked or not go as planned no matter how much or how well you plan. Things at my wedding didn’t go as planned and you all know I am a Type A, organized planner. It just happens.

Before you get overwhelmed with all of the things be sure to follow the steps I shared here > What To Do Once Your Engaged. Then and only then should you start to tackle the steps below to begin wedding planning. If you think of wedding planning as a whole big project it will be too much. So over the next few weeks I am going to break it down into smaller pieces, mention a few things you didn’t think of and help you along the way.

However, please know that me, this blog, or a great team of vendors aren’t the answer to a “perfect” stress-free wedding day. That will only come if you bring on a wedding planner or coordinator which I will explain the difference in a future blog post. Today I am sharing the very first tips on how you should go about planning for your wedding. These are high level tips just to get you imagining and dreaming of your perfect day.

 1. Create a FREE wedding email address

As you begin to search for your vendor team, you will be reaching out via email to request pricing, services, and availability. Instead of having those vendor responses going to your personal email and your finances email and bouncing back and forth. Let’s create one place for all wedding related items to be sent to and from, a wedding email address. Email addresses are free and you can create one on many platforms. It doesn’t matter what the email address is but I have seen some couples do both last names and the year they plan to get married.

 2. Envision Your Dream Wedding Day

You probably already have a preferred season that you enjoy most. Or there are seasons that you don’t look forward to. In Virginia we have all four seasons. As your friends have gotten engaged or you hypothetically had conversations there were probably instances where you said, “I would never get married in ___ season, it’s too ___!” Or you may have even said, “if I were to get married, I would want to get married in ___ season/the month of___/etc. Now is the time to really hone in on your wedding day dream. What season, month of even date is special to you.

 3. Envision Your Dream Wedding Venue

After you have selected a season or month, now is the time to envision your ideal wedding venue. As you have grown up you may have imagined what your dream wedding will look like. Maybe it was in front of Cinderella’s castle at Disney or with mountain views at a vineyard. The reason you pick the season first is because it will help you determine the type of venue. For example, if you wanted a winter wedding, it probably won’t be outdoors so indoor venues would be what you search for. The temperature, chance of weather, and driving/traveling conditions may all be a factor when venue searching.

Check back next week for a continuation of tips and how to start your wedding budget!

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