Hearing Wedding Bells
In honor of my seven-year wedding anniversary coming up, I wanted to do a post about weddings. I have always had a great interest in all things weddings, from planning and organizing to decorating and I love all the wedding magazines and tv shows. For many people, wedding planning is stressful, however, I thoroughly enjoy it. Hearing wedding bells.
So you’re engaged..now what?!
He bought the ring and got down on one knee and you said YES! Now what? Depending on whether you want a small wedding or a large, formal wedding, that will play into the planning. When planning a wedding, you typically want to allow at least a year to decide and reserve the venue, catering, flowers, etcetera. This also gives you time to plan your wedding party and save money for all things wedding related that you’re going to need.
One of the first things is to pick a venue, especially if you’re planning a destination wedding. If your wedding will be closer to home, you can start making appointments and touring venues. Be sure to note the cost and everything that is included, what will you need to provide? How many people will this venue accommodate? Is there a reception area? Once you decide on the venue and it has an available date you’re interested in, you need to go ahead and book the venue and place your deposit. Once you have the venue and date, everything else starts to fall into place.
Not the reception, but the bride and groom attendants. Who do you want to be standing by your sides? There are many creative ways to ask those nearest and dearest to be a part of your wedding and most times people are honored to have been asked and can’t wait to share in the joy with you.
Invitations & more
You’ll want to send invitations out around 8 weeks before the wedding, even sooner if it’s a destination wedding. And you’ll also need to find a caterer, florist, Dj or band, and cake baker. Don’t forget about bachelorette parties, bachelor parties, and bridal showers! Those should be planned several weeks before the wedding, if at all possible.
Once you’ve found all your wedding day suppliers and paid all deposits and have your wedding day- it’s reception time. First dances and fun cake smashes. Then the new Mr. and Mrs. are off to their
Depending on where you want to travel for a honeymoon, you’ll probably want to book well in advance. My husband and I didn’t do a destination honeymoon, we love the mountains and stayed at an adorable cabin in Tennessee. We got snowed in and relaxed in the outdoor hot tub as the snow fell on us- it was amazing!
This is a quickie if you will- there are many more details that have to be worked out for your special day. Check out my wedding planning checklist freebie for quick tips!