Some brides have been looking forward to planning their wedding for years or even decades. They know exactly what they need to do to get the ball rolling. But others find the process overwhelming and feel unsure about what they should be doing first. If you are one of the latter, there’s no need to panic. Wedding planning involves a lot of decision-making and problem solving as well as financial management. But it can also be an enjoyable and straightforward process too. You just need to know how. So to help you get your planning off to a fantastic start, read through and follow these simple steps.
Set your wedding budget
Before you start visiting venues and trying on dresses, you need to establish your budget. This will influence every decision you make concerning your wedding from now on. So it’s best to get a clear idea of how much you can afford as soon as possible. This can also make it easier to choose a suitable timeline too. As well as considering your own finances, also ask your families if they wish to contribute in any way. They might offer to pay for the photographer or help you put a deposit down on a venue. For more advice, visit Amazon.com and look at their range of budget guides for brides.
Find your style
Now you have a budget to work with, it’s time to start discovering what your wedding style is. The best way to do this is by finding inspiration. Think about weddings you’ve attended in the past and what you liked and disliked about them. You can also use wedding magazines and blogs to see what other couples have created for their big day. Alternatively, you can use your favorite films and books to find your style. Highlight which images you are most drawn to and consider why. It shouldn’t take long for a pattern to emerge and for your style to present itself.
Create a guest list draft
Even though you might not be planning on getting married just yet, creating a guest list draft can be extremely useful. It can make it easier to choose suitable venues and caterers. A guest list can also inform you of what kind of wedding you want. For instance, if you intend on inviting over 200 guests, it’s unlikely you want an intimate backyard wedding. So sit down with your partner and create a rough guest list which you can add to or edit throughout the planning process.
As well as establishing who you want to invite, you should also think about who you want to be your maid of honor and bridesmaids. Your groom should also consider who he wants to be his best man too. If you’re struggling with this decision, you can visit OurStart.com for further inspiration and ideas.
The key to stopping your wedding planning from overwhelming you is by remaining organized at all times. This will help you feel more in control and simplifies everything that needs to be done and when. So as well as following these steps, also find your preferred method of organization too.