I’m finally releasing PART 2 of Just Got Engaged? Here’s How to Get Started. If you’re reading this PART 2, you should:
- Know who’s paying for the wedding
- Have drafted a guest list
- Have an idea of the location
If you don’t, I invite you to read PART 1 of this series and complete those first 3 steps before diving into the next ones.
*DISCLAIMER: I am not a professional wedding planner — I am sharing my personal experience hoping to help other brides out there!
STEP 4: DETERMINE YOUR WEDDING STYLE
This is probably one of the most exciting steps! It is time to whip out Pinterest and go crazy with it!
Start by making the following boards:
- Wedding Reception
- Wedding Dresses
Add photos to your boards
- One rule: keep in mind your “budget category” while adding photos to your boards. If you know your budget is tight, avoid pinning extravagant wedding inspiration photos.
- Put in keywords like “wedding dress”, “princess wedding”, “boho wedding”, “wedding reception”, etc.
Add people to your boards
- Adding your closest friends or a family member might help you discover styles you hadn’t thought of.
- Once they’ve added quite a few pins, have a first look at each board, and unpin the photos that don’t match what you’ve envisioned.
- When done, let them know — you can either remove them from the boards or ask them to stick to styles that resemble what you’ve left in the boards.
The main focus: wedding reception board
- The reception venue’s style will contribute in determining your entire wedding style. When pinning photos, notice which style of venue you like best and keep that in mind when you’ll be looking for a venue.
STEP 5: MAKE A LIST OF VENUES
You’re one step closer to your dream wedding! Now that you know the style you’re going for, it is time to find venues in the locations you want and that fit the style of wedding you want.
Make a list of venues in your wedding location
- Start by Googling “wedding venues” in the location you chose
- Make an Excel or Google Sheet with each venue’s information (contact info, address, link to their wedding package information, etc.)
- Don’t bother noting down venues that are known to be out of your budget or that do not match your style at all.
Keep in mind that decorations will add a lot to the venue’s style. However, if the venue itself doesn’t fit your style, it may either cost a lot to transform it into what you want, or simply won’t make you happy.
Share that list with close family
- Your family or future husband’s family might have other venues in mind! Make sure to share your list with them and add anything you like from their suggestions to your list.
Verify the venues’ maximum guest capacity
- Make sure the venues you add to your list can accommodate the number of guests you estimated in Step 2. Don’t waste your time adding venues that are too small, unless you’re willing to make cuts if that venue ends up being the one!
STEP 6: CHOOSE A TENTATIVE DATE
For some, the date is everything! For others, the date is set based on venues’ availabilities. G and I had initially set our date for July 25, 2020. When first visiting venues, we were adamant that we would not change our date for any reason, until we realized none of the venues available on July 25, 2020 felt like “the one”. We therefore ended up changing our date for June 6, 2020, which was the one of the dates available for our favourite venue.
- If you live where there’s 4 seasons (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer), start by deciding during which season you’d like to get married. Fall/Winter weddings are known to be cheaper, so make sure to take that into consideration.
- After narrowing down the season, think about the month. July is the most coveted month for weddings, so if you’re less than a year in advance, chances are, July might already be fully booked!
- When choosing your wedding date, take into consideration things like school calendars (avoid exam periods), holidays, long weekends, etc.
- Once you’ve picked a date you like, ask your immediate family for their opinion. Some family members might already have things planned that date.
Remember: even though you have a tentative date, it could change based on the availability of venues, so avoid spreading the news on social media and outside your close family… Wait until Step 8 😉
If you’ve read through and have already completed all of the above, head over to PART 3.
Hope you lovelies are getting excited!!! Comment your wedding date down below! I’m curious to see which month y’all picked!
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