How to start wedding planning…
Over the past month and a half or so we have all had a bit more time on our hands! So if you happen to be engaged, this blog on how to start wedding planning will get you started while at home.
Once planning begins, you’re usually feeling a few different ways; extremely excited, nervous, overwhelmed, and you might even start to rethink skipping out on the dollar dance once you start looking at costs. Complete wants to make the wedding planning process a fun time for you because it really should be!
How to Start Wedding Planning?
It can feel like a job
Wedding planning can really feel like a second job at times, trying to pull together a huge party for your whole family is a task that takes some time and some serious consideration. You can’t spend TOO much money, but at the same time, you’d really like it if your family had something more to eat than a cheese and cracker platter split 200 ways. You also want to make sure the venue looks beautiful and within your budget, but you want to be able to hire your own DJ since the one they have in-house is known for singing along with the songs halfway through the night, not to mention he’s not exactly who you pictured as your DJ for that huge day you’ve been dreaming about forever now. The list goes on, and on, and on.
Where to start, the first 5 steps!
1. Set a Budget
When it comes to figuring out how to plan a wedding—you’ll need to decide how much you can spend on your wedding. It might not be the most fun part of the process, but it may be one of the most important. Your budget dictates just about every other decision.
2. Get Inspired
One of the most fun parts of planning a wedding step by step is gathering inspiration. Are you going for a super-classic and formal vibe? Or perhaps an event that’s more relaxed and rustic? The choice is yours, but it’s a good idea to start perusing Pinterest, Instagram, and wedding websites to start considering colors, décor ideas, and more. We recommend starting this process early on, but kicking it into high gear once you’ve selected your venue and set a date. You can follow us on Instagram here.
3. Start Your Guest List and Pick Your Wedding Party
While you don’t have to have a final guest list until a bit later, when thinking about how to plan a wedding step by step, coming up with an estimated guest count early on is important. So before you start browsing wedding venues, get an idea of how many guests you’ll host. You’ll also want to use this time to choose the people who will stand beside you on your big day—your wedding party.
4. Narrow Down the Dates
Once you announce to your family and friend pretty much the first question is when are you getting married?? So start looking at your calendar, taking into account work schedules, holidays, family conflicts, etc., and narrow things down to a few choice dates. Having some potential wedding dates in mind will be very helpful during the venue selection process.
5. Choose a Venue
Now that you have a budget, an estimated guest count, and a few potential wedding dates in mind, you have all the information you need to choose your venue. one of the most important parts of how to plan a wedding guide. Reviews are important, do your research and read reviews! Visit an in person, and work with your partner to find your dream wedding location. Once you’ve thoroughly read your venue’s contract and signed on the dotted line, you’ve officially set a date for your wedding—and the real fun begins!
While these 5 steps on how to start planning are a fraction of the items you will find on your checklist, they will get your started. If you find yourself stuck and needing some guidance our team at Complete is here to help!
Complete Weddings + Events in Tampa, FL
Complete weddings + events have been doing weddings since the early 1970s. During that time, we’d like to think we’ve been able to get a pretty good understanding of weddings here in Florida. We know all the top venues, the caterers, tux shops, and more. We’ve been working with Florida wedding vendors for more than 40 years and we know how to get you hooked up with some of the best!
We have the ability to sit down with you and talk things out so that we can get you the best deals on venues, wedding photography, videography, lighting, DJ services & photo booth rental, and more! We’ll be able to sit down and work with your budget to get you exactly what you’re looking for! So give us a call at (813) 961-2900 and set up a time to come in and meet with us so that we can help dial the stress down and make your planning fun