CONGRATULATIONS! It’s the holiday season and you now have one extra reason to celebrate. You’ve met the one and are about to embark on a new chapter of plans for the big day and joining two lives. That’s a lot of ground to cover…but I promise, you have plenty of time to enjoy every bit of it.
Its easy to become overwhelmed during the beginning of an engagement. You may start to imagine your dream day (and all the work that will go in to accomplish it). Everyone asks if you’ve picked a date. Parents, friends, family have an opinion of what your wedding could be, should be, will be. You may start a Pinterest page, check out the Knot or buy bridal magazines. First, you should celebrate.
But what are the important pieces of the bridal puzzle to tackle next? How do you make sure you get the wedding you want? Below are my top 3 questions to ask yourself as you start the planning process.
1. What is our budget? Not the most exciting question, but an essential part of the planning process. Once you know what you can spend, you can begin to piece together your needs.
2. (Approximately) How many guests will we have? Again, this question isn’t the most fun to answer. It requires lists from you, your husband or wife to be and the parents. However, budget + guest count is the base for determining things like venue (room size), beverage packages and catering (cost per person).
3. What is important? An outdoor ceremony? Craft beer? Drone video? Prioritize 2-3 items with your fiancé that will mean the most for you as a couple. These priorities will serve to create a vision for the day as well as help you stay on budget.
The time leading up to your wedding will be joyful once you remember that you are simply planning a party to celebrate the love you have found. A wedding planner can help if needed, from organizing your itinerary or setting up the hall to simply providing guidance at the beginning of the process (check out Modern Sage’s Basic Advice package).
So enjoy the season, celebrate the love and forever remember the joy of this moment.