He asked. You said “Yes”…now what?
First of all, let us say, “Congratulations!” on your engagement!
Secondly, and this is important, “Stay Calm.” Seriously, it’s true. The Biggest Day of Your Life™ doesn’t have to be the biggest headache! The Wedding Factory and Modern Era Weddings are here for you.
Organization is crucial to planning a successful event – and that is what Your Day™ is – your most personally special event. Now that you’re officially engaged, you have a lot to do over the next several months to a year or more. (Time will fly.) The Wedding Factory and Modern Era Weddings offer differing levels of consultation services that can help you along the way, relieving you of much of your wedding planning stress. You can also à la carte our services in conjunction with a Do-It-Yourself attitude.
The Venue (Also known as the “Do You Have a Date Yet?”)
Generally speaking, even the most extravagant weddings should only take about a year to plan. However, the venue location has the greatest impact on your actual wedding date (for obvious reasons.) Depending on where you would actually like your ceremony to take place, you may want to start calling around immediately for booking a venue. Highly popular sites can be booked YEARS in advance. As you are perusing pretty places, consider overall how b-i-g you want your wedding to be. The guest list can only be as big as your venue. And vice versa.
Once you have your venue and a date (and before you start pinning dresses!), let’s discuss your budget. I know, it’s boring, but there’s no need to panic. This is where your wedding planner, consultant, or online tools can save the day. Remember, the “One Year™” rule-of-thumb isn’t just about giving the venue, vendors, and guests time to prepare for your wedding. It is also about giving you and your fiancé(e) the ability to distribute your or your family’s resources evenly. Almost every contract will require a deposit upfront to hold your date.
*Stay tuned for a future blog post specifically dedicated to this particular topic.
Next up: Engagement Parties – Do’s and Don’ts!