First things first: congrats on your engagement! You are about to embark on an incredible journey. While planning a wedding has its share of ups and downs, it is also amazing and should be full of fun and creativity. Sure, it can also be a huge point of stress and anxiety for many couples, but it shouldn’t be and doesn’t have to be. In the end, your wedding and engagement should be memorable, fun, and exciting. That’s why I have decided to write this mini-series of posts: I want to share with you all the knowledge, tips, and secrets I have learned over the years planning countless weddings.
My goal is to help you in the exact same way that I help my planning clients navigate the roller coaster world of wedding planning.
First, let’s talk about the essentials and basics you need to consider BEFORE you start planning a single detail. I stress the word before because, understandably, most couples are super excited about their upcoming wedding and begin focusing on the major and often fun parts of planning a wedding, the dream venue, the flowers, the dress, the details, etc.
The problem is, approaching your wedding like this often leads to the difficult decisions and sacrifices that end up causing you stress. However, I promise that taking a step back and focusing on the below areas first will make your wedding planning life so much easier.
Why is it so important to answer these three questions prior to booking a single thing? Let’s go through each question and why it is so important in more detail:
As I said before, all weddings should start with the above. Focus on the basics first and you will be on the right track to successfully planning your wedding. By understanding these basics, you will be much better prepared when it comes time to make the big, expensive decisions, since all big decisions are driven by these three things.
Next week, we will get into what it takes to create a budget. We will discuss what questions to ask yourself, what you can realistically expect to pay for your wedding, and how to be prepared for unexpected costs.