5 Key Considerations for You and Your FianceApril 24, 2017 by The Marquardt Ranch
Congratulations! You’re engaged! You’re finger is sparkling, your face is glowing, and the two of you are committed to tying the knot. Whether your engagement will be long or short, the months will fly by either way, so now is the time to start wedding planning. After all, that’s what an engagement period is for! With so many things to do from photographers to vendors to food and dresses and flowers, it may seem like a lot to consider all at once. Because of this, we’ve collected a list of five key considerations for you and your fiance to prioritize when you’re first starting the planning process. Hopefully this will help the planning process run smoothly for you both so you can enjoy the countdown to your big day!
1. Set a Timetable
“When is the big day?” is definitely one of the most common questions asked of newly engaged couples, but the answer is often more complicated than they expect. After all, the reality is that you can’t set an actual date until you’ve accomplished a number of other things—like reserving a venue for both your ceremony and reception (whether together or at separate places) and making sure to work around major events in the lives of your family and close friends (you don’t want to schedule your wedding the week your best friend’s baby is due). Because of that, one of the most important things to do after you get engaged is to determine a target season and a range of dates that work for you and go from there. Consider what time of day the wedding will take place. A brunch wedding might work well on a Saturday or Sunday, but not on a Friday when guests would have to take off work. Also consider the price difference of week nights versus weekends and the peak wedding months of June and July versus a fall, winter, or spring wedding.
2. Select a Style and Location
After you’ve set a date, it’s a good idea to start thinking about the theme of your wedding—sophisticated and chic or charming and rustic? Your location of choice can stem from your desired style, or vice versa. Do you envision a grandiose mansion or a simple but elegant beach setting? Do you want a large and formal wedding near to home or a relaxed and intimate destination wedding? Once you get an idea of the style you’re going for and the location where it will take place, you can really start to plan all the other details of the big day.
Now it’s time to start planning. First decide on a budget that both you and your fiance are comfortable with. This will give you a solid framework to work within and help narrow your choices when it comes to the food, flowers, photography, and more. Then you’ll want to start drafting a guest list. Knowing approximately how many people you want to attend your wedding will help you in selecting venues and vendors because you’ll want to make sure the accommodations are suitable for your guests. Are you planning a private, family-only ceremony or a grandiose event?
4. Prioritize Vendors
Vendors can get booked up quickly, especially during peak wedding season. If there’s one you can’t imagine having your wedding without, make sure to reserve them as soon as possible! You’ll rest easier, and it will be one less thing to do as the date approaches.
5. Consider a Consultant
If the thought of doing all this with just the two of you seems absolutely overwhelming, consider hiring a consultant. There are professional wedding planners who do this for a living and will handle all aspects of your wedding for you. Part-time consultants can help you lay out a blueprint for your wedding and organize a budget and a basic framework as well. If you don’t want to hand off this much responsibility, but you want a professional to make sure the wedding day goes smoothly, a day-of wedding coordinator is perfect for this.
Congratulations again, and happy planning!