Okay, you are engaged, CONGRATULATIONS! Now the influx of wedding clutter, congratulations, unwanted advice, etc. But, here are three essentials for making the important first steps!
1. BUDGET? Determine what your wedding budget is. It’s hard to book a venue if you don’t know how much money you have to spend. Can you afford the amazing, castle-like venue that has a $5000 room rental fee? Is that luxurious hotel with the $25,000 food and beverage minimum realistic for your budget? Sit down, do the math, determine what you can spend on the entire event before you paint a bulls-eye on your ideal venue.
2. GUEST COUNT? I meet brides who say their guest list will be somewhere between 150 - 250. Again, it’s difficult to book a venue without a pretty good idea of your guest count. Some venues might be able to easily accommodate 150 guests, but may be unable to fit 250. Sit down with your significant other and maybe your parents to figure out how many guests will be on the list. Don’t forget to include spouses in the guest count and children, if you plan to include them. Also, be REALISTIC with your guest count. Don’t make the mistake of estimating that only 150 will come, even though your list consists of close to 300. That’s a wedding day nightmare waiting to happen.
3. HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER! Get pricing on all their packages and figure out if you want help developing the entire wedding or just need help with the rehearsal dinner and wedding day. You would be surprised by how much money you would actually save. Wedding consultants/planners have a special relationship with wedding vendors and can sometimes get discounts on pricing for products and services. They will usually pass the savings on to the bridal client, helping to save money in the long run. Plus, the stress level of the wedding day will be kept to a minimum with a wedding planner in control.