Hello beautiful people! As most, if not all of you know, I got engaged earlier this year (INSERT HAPPY DANCE). It has been an exciting journey and today I'm here to walk you through what my planning experience has been in the past few months.
This is by far the most beautiful moment for you and your significant other. It's very intimate and I felt like time stopped and nothing else mattered in that precise moment. It is a very important decision that you both made, it's a commitment for life. Celebrations, congratulations, and an overwhelming series of questions arise. People will start asking the million dollar question,"when's the wedding?!", while you haven't even processed that you are engaged. Take your time, don't feel pressured to set a date if you are not sure. Remember this is YOUR wedding and you should make (or at least try) all the decisions stress free (ha!).
The first thing you want to do (because is in the 50 blogs I read) is set a date and an estimated guest count. Be prepared to have an estimated number of guests when emailing vendors and visiting venues. The venue is really important, make sure your venue is available before you start planning (the earlier the better) and check the weather patterns especially if you want an outdoor wedding. While looking at venues, set a budget (a realistic one) and start drafting your guest list. Everything revolves around the guest list, the venue, the budget, the photographer, the caterer (EVERYTHING).
The guest list is one of the hardest tasks (in my opinion), it will make you a little bit crazy and it will change daily, to be quite honest I go in almost everyday to make changes. I thought it was going to be easier (said no one ever) but is not, it's very hard and you will want to invite more people than the one you can afford. The larger the list the bigger the budget, so make sure you have that in mind every step of the way.
When picking out a venue I'd suggest you take into consideration the ones that will save you money. For example, some venues have tables, chairs, linens and silverware available. Some will be complimentary and some you will need to rent at a lower cost, but remember that if they already have it on site you are already saving money on transportation.
Don't be afraid to negotiate, 9 out of 10 will give a small discount (anything helps really). Be nice to your vendors, planners and take it one step at a time.
That's it for now ladies and gents! I will be sharing (slowly but surely) more of the planning process. Please feel free to leave me any questions, comments, advice or tip below!