3 Easy steps you can take this weekend to START planning your wedding like a pro
Let us guess- you’re over the moon at the thought of marrying the love of your life, but you kind of have no idea where to start when it comes to actually planning your wedding? You’re not alone! Let’s get started with 3 simple steps that you and your partner can take *this weekend* to kickstart the planning process and get you ready to book your first and most important vendor- your venue! Plus, we’ve got a few bonus tips for you at the bottom of this post, so don’t forget to check those out!
CREATE A PRELIMINARY GUEST LIST
Chat with your partner first and put together an “all in” list. This would be if the sky was the limit. It’s good to get all these names down on paper so you can look at the full picture.
Talk to your families and share your list with them. See if they have anyone else they would like to add to the “all in” list. Let them know that you’ll likely need to pare down the list but want to get the conversation started.
CHOOSE A GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION
Who will be doing the majority of the planning? If it’s you + your partner you might want to consider holding the wedding where you’re currently living. If it’s a parent or family member, you may want to consider holding the wedding local to them (if it’s different from where you’re currently living).
Is the location easy for guests to get to?
Is there a “destination” location that’s really special to you and your partner? Think: Where you first met, where you got engaged, a place you’ve always dreamed of visiting together, etc.
NARROW DOWN A WEDDING DATE OR WINDOW
In the US, high season is typically from May-October with some slower weekends in July and August. If you choose to get married at this time of year, you’ll probably need more time to plan as there is a lot of competition for these dates, especially with venues. It’s also a harder time of year to negotiate deals or lower rates because it’s a “seller's market”.
Low season makes up the rest of the year, November-April, but most venues do eventually book up every weekend of the year. The difference is that these dates usually don’t sell until all the high season dates are taken, so there’s more room for negotiating lower rates with all of your vendors. You also don’t need to book these dates as far in advance as they often book up less than a year in out. So, if you’re looking for a shorter engagement, you may want to consider a lo season date!
These decisions are going to set the stage for you to find and book the perfect venue, which is your first and most important vendor! We recommend starting with some of your favorite wedding blogs and looking through their vendor guides, asking your friends for recommendations, and looking at wedding planner Instagram accounts in your area or other wedding vendors you might have come across, thus far.
*BONUS* Want to find out more about how to start planning your wedding like a pro? Click HERE for 2 more tips you can use this weekend, to help you find the perfect venue. Plus, we’re sharing our pro tips on how to approach family members and loved ones when comes to all those sticky topics like money and family dynamics.