You got the guy. You got the ring.
But what steps do you take next?
Planning a wedding can be a bit overwhelming. There are more than enough decisions to be made, especially in those first few months. In order to help you tackle these to-do lists (and avoid some costly, unpleasant mistakes), I have sat down with Nashville wedding planning, Angelina Ruiz with Velour Premier Events to ask those pressing questions you have.
Doing a first look. A lot of couples who decide not to do a first look wish they had done one so they could’ve gotten more newlywed shots.
That’s a no-brainer! Photographer and Planner and Entertainment. The planner and photographer collectively run the timing of the wedding day and the entertainment sets the tone of the reception. The photographs are what you have left after the party’s over. It’s how you relive the moments and even catch moments you may have missed on your wedding day.
Believe it or not – the Seating Chart. This is when panic sets in because everyone has an opinion when it comes to your wedding and specifically on who sits with who. It is impossible to please everyone. I suggest creating a game plan early and seat people together with others they will enjoy talking to. If you’re having a sit down dinner then don’t skip the seating chart!
We had couple that did “Fun Facts” about the bride and groom on their custom bar napkins. We’ve also had a “champagne wall” that was a HUGE hit for wedding guests entering cocktail reception. Each glass had their name and table number so it doubled as place cards. Win Win!
8-10 months is the sweet spot! If you start too soon, you’ll change your mind. If you start too late you’ll feel overwhelmed with the amount of decisions you have make so quickly.
Let your planner be the neutral party and help you communicate. Your planner is your right hand the person that is the “calm within the storm.” Let them help you so your day is stress-free.
Planning a wedding is not like planning a holiday party, birthday party or other social event. It takes patience, and clear plan, and attention to detail.
Having a wedding planner takes the stress out of the unknown. For most brides, this is the first time planning a wedding, so having someone to source vendors, review contracts, and send reminders for tasks that need to get done will help make the planning process much easier and less stressful.
Planning a wedding is a FULL time job. Find a planner that understands your vision, communicates well with you and stays calm under pressure.
So what will your next wedding planning steps be? Let me know in the comments below what vendors you’re currently searching for.
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