The four things you should do to start your wedding planning off right!

You just said ‘yes’, now what?

Your family and friends have been notified, it’s Facebook ‘official’ and you’re using the term fiance because you just got ENGAGED!

It’s an exciting time. You’re both ecstatically in love and practically floating around on cloud nine, until you start thinking about actually planning your wedding. Eeeeek! Where to even begin?!

Here’s a few pointers that will hopefully keep you mellow in the midst of planning.

  1. Start your venue search early. Your venue will set the stage for your entire wedding in many cases. Everything from your dress, to decor, the venue space is important. Make sure you feel comfortable at your chosen venue and you can work with the folks in charge. Ask about insurance, alcohol, required vendors, restrooms, and if children/pets are allowed.
  2. Hire a Planner/Coordinator. I understand that many brides and grooms are on a budget, but a good Planner can actually save you money, time and your sanity. You can hire someone to do full-service planning, to just day-of coordination services and everything in between. Having a professional to help guide you in the process and keep everything together and flowing smoothly so that you, your mate and your mom can enjoy the day is worth every penny!
  3. Attend some bridal shows. This time of the year, there are some amazing expos to check out and often there are deals to be had, free food to sample, giveaways and more! Gather up your girls or guys and make a day of it. A whole day….trust me, you’ll want plenty of time to go through all the booths and collect information (and food). Check out http://www.bridalblissclassic.com/ and http://lexingtonbridalshows.com/ for two of the larger shows in our area.
  4. Give yourself plenty of time to plan. Remember you don’t have to plan everything in one day. Break it up into chunks so that you don’t get overwhelmed. Remember to relax and spend some quality time with your soon-to-be spouse! Go on dates and try NOT to make any huge decisions with every conversation. Pace yourselves; after all, you’ve got your entire lives ahead of you 🙂