So, your sweetheart proposed (or you did, yourself), and you’re out of the glow of excitement and are walking into the craziness of planning.
There is so much to consider. I don’t know about you, but when my friends got married, I feel like I never heard about the stresses of being engaged. It just sounded like they were gushing about the big day and not worried about it all coming together!
Weddings are stressful, but they don’t always have to be. Here’s a breakdown of the planning process.
Pick a date, or pick a venue.
First things first, you need to pick a date. There’s not a whole lot you can plan until you do. If you aren’t set on any specific date, I highly recommend finding your dream venue first, and going off their availability. If you do have a set date in mind, just know your dream venue may not have that date available, so you might want a backup plan.
Once the date is set and the venue is booked, you can start working on the other vendors. Head out to tastings with caterers and bakeries, go to consultations with planners, photographers, videographers, DJs and beauty artists. Get to know vendors and as soon as you have found “the one”, lock them down and reserve your date.
Now, a really stressful part of all of this for many brides is the hunt for the dress. Some women only try on a few, some women try on upwards of thirty. Start by trying out different silhouettes. When you find the ideal silhouette, you can narrow down your selection a lot and spare yourself the chance of getting overwhelmed by options.
It may help, too, to envision how you want to FEEL on your wedding day. Do you want to feel like a princess? Probably look towards ball gowns and A-line styles. Do you want to feel like a bombshell? Trumpet and mermaid options may be your best bet. Do you want to feel flowing and ethereal? Empire waists and subtle A-lines are key!
That’s it for Part One, but next week we’ll have a breakdown of the details that follow: seating charts, invites and paper goods, and more!