Post # 1
I am recently engaged, FI and I have decided we want to get married sometime next year. But I have no idea where to start!
How did you ladies go about starting to plan? I just don’t know where to start. We have a general idea about the theme of the wedding but that’s about it. All I want to do is try on dresses (hehe) but I know there are probably more important things than this.
Also, how soon after getting engaged did you have your engagement party?
I just re-read this and I sound like such a newbie LOL
Post # 3
I suggest you start with a budget-how much can you afford to spend on the wedding and reception?
Will you be paying for it yourselves?
Will either or both of your parents be helping financially?
Get that settled and then you will be able to make other decisions.
Also do some research into what things cost in your area- venues, caterers, cake bakers, photographers etc.
Post # 4
Yeah have to agree budget and figuring out who is paying for what is unfortunately the most important step.
After that is decided, I would say finding a venue is the next best thing to do since some venues are all inclusive, some offer differernt options, some have different restrictions, etc.
Once your venue is chosen you get to have “fun” finding vendors, deciding on decor and feel, buying your dress, going over budget, all the good stuff. lol
Post # 5
While I agree with the other posters that finding out your budget is really important but for someone who is newly engaged, I would suggest looking at bridal magazine to see what you like first. Then from there figure out a budget. I know figuring out a budget can be a total downer because you realize how expensive everything is. That’s what I did. I realized I didn’t want things like spending $$$ lots of money on my wedding band or on a dress made by expensive dress designer. I actually realized that I couldn’t afford my honeymoon immediately after the wedding. I waited 4 months after our wedding and was able to spend more on my hm because we waited.
Oh, I DIY alot of things for my wedding.
Well, good luck and congrats on the engagement.
Post # 6
There is a great financial wedding planner on martha stewart weddings that will help you figure out where to split up your budget. I went out and bought a planning book, but some savy girls have created their own or made their own within their computers. I tore photos out of magazines and put them in the right folders of the planning book. Once I had the general theme that I wanted, I started looking for venues that fit our theme and budget.