So you’re engaged… here’s the first few steps of planning your wedding
You’re so excited, your partner just popped the question… it’s perfectly normal to wonder what you do next. You’ll find lots of wedding planning checklists, but they don’t really help you figure out where to begin. Don’t let the stress and anxiety of planning, ruin your excitement and anticipation.
We’re excited to help you, so after you’ve announced your engagement to everyone and the reality finally hits… here are the first few items you should take care of.
1) Time to determine your budget. All your decisions will be based on your wedding budget. If you know how much you can spend and who plans to contribute with the expenses, then you will be able to figure out the type of wedding you can have (including how many guests, when and where you’ll host your wedding, what professional DJ and photographer you can afford etc. Most couples talk to their families about who will pay for what and then arrive at a total wedding budget.
2) Putting together your Guest List. This is a crucial step because capacity is very important information in finding a suitable venue. You must secure your location before you can successfully plan anything else. You don’t need to finalize the list, but you do need an estimate from both sides of the family (and yourselves) right away, to avoid lots of planning headaches during the process. Think about it, you don’t want to try to fit 300 people into a facility that only seats 150 people.
3) Decide on your venue and your date. It’s best to have an estimated budget and a headcount of your guests before you begin looking for a place to hold your event. Most reception venues book out over a year in advance, so you can’t decide on a date until after you have booked your facility and have given a deposit and received a signed contract. You should research and find as many places as possible that are within your budget, can handle your guests, and meet your style and atmosphere desires. You’ll want to schedule some appointments to view each venue and meet with the facility managers. Once this is done, you’ll sit down and make a decision.
4) The next two most important wedding professionals you’ll want to book are your DJ and your photographer. DJs and photographers also often book sometimes a year in advance, so it’s best to research, meet and secure these next.
You’ll find if you secure as many services, as early as possible, you’ll really be able to enjoy the process and the journey. You’ll truly be able to look forward to your wedding day, as the months go by, thus eliminating lots of anxiety and stress.
Music Fantasy Weddings is a full time professional wedding DJ service.