some tips from a wedding planner to make the beginning steps of wedding planning Easy and stress-free!
Tip #1: Now that you're engaged, you need to pick a season. That's the beginning of the process! It will guide you in picking a venue, style, and getting the ball rolling. It will also help you know how much time you have, we recommend 12-18 months of planning. Many venues and wedding planners book out that far, so you want to give yourself plenty of time to get going. Spring weddings can have rain, sometimes snow, and the temperatures can be unpredictable. Summer weddings can be hot, with rain in the afternoons. Fall weddings are always lovely, but again, often unpredictable! Winter weddings are often cold and snowy! Think through how you want your wedding to feel - do you want the winter wonderland at the top of a mountain, or the summer afternoon on a lake ?
Tip #2: Start out by thinking big picture. Design the scope of your event as a whole. Don't worry about the details at this point. Start coming up with an idea of a guest list and idea of a budget. Use all of your resources, sit down and chat with any financial contributors about what your options are. This way you have a better idea of what to expect when you start chatting with wedding planners, venues and various vendors. Your wedding is a project, and you need to know the scope of work so you can make the best decisions!
Tip #3: The next step is to find a wedding planner that you connect with. Someone you feel comfortable with, and enjoy talking to is a good choice. Typical wedding planners have several options for packages from help on just the day of through full wedding planning. Figure out what you can afford based on the budget you have, and find a planner with a package that matches it. A good planner can help you through your venue search, to make sure your budget is not unbalanced and the needs of the project are met. Find the right person for you. Read reviews, check out portfolios, and make certain that they are experienced enough to handle your event.