Yay! You just got engaged! How exciting! If you are anything like me, the thought of planning a wedding kind of makes you want to crawl into a hole and never come out, does this sound familiar? I’ve been there and I want to help you feel confident and ready to take on all the wedding things! We will take everything 1 step at a time!
So, your lover is kneeling down and just asked you to marry them and you said yes! What now?
1. Set a date!
I’m going to be a bit wishy washy here, but stay with me. You can’t book anything else until you have a date set. If you have vendors that you super want to work with, I would advise being flexible with that date if you really want to do whatever it takes to work with them. But for the most part, pick a date that works for you two and the people closest to you. Don’t base everything off of a guests schedule that works for them… maybe don’t plan it the same day your sister is having a baby, but in most other cases, people will figure out how to make it work if they really want to be there.
2. Pick your venue!
Your venue will affect everything else. Make sure the venue you want is available for your wedding date. Knowing the venue location is important because other vendors need to know where they are going before they can accurately quote you a price (travel fee may be included if it’s far away.) Knowing the venue also helps you know how much you need to plan on decorating or spending on catering. If your venue is already crazy beautiful and accommodating, it’s going to lessen the amount of work and scheduling you’ll need to do later on down the road.
3. Book your photographer + videographer
Hi! That’s us! We get booked out wayyy in advance so the second you have those other things lined up, let us know! We’ve had couples change their wedding date because they want to work with us super bad.. that’s not weird and actually happens quite a bit! Know that going into planning. If you have a photographer and videographer that are MEGA important to you to ensure you have the best people on the job to capture your wedding, maybe move this to the #2 thing you need to take care of or have a couple of dates that you would be okay with and check to see their availability.
Alright, these are the things that need to happen first! If that all seems too overwhelming, just say screw it and run off and elope! But… call me and Austin first so we can document it. I can get certified to become an officiant and we’ll get you taken care off somewhere cool in the mountains on the side of a cliff, deal? 😉