The Wedding Process: A Helpful Planning Guide
The average wedding costs about $29,858! Without the proper plan ahead of time, it could cost even more.
Not many people understand what is needed for a wedding until they’re in the thick of it. By learning about the entire wedding process ahead of time, you can make a plan that won’t break the bank! With so many steps involved in planning a wedding ceremony, it helps to have a to-do list.
Here’s everything you need to know to plan the wedding of your dreams. With this guide, you won’t miss a thing. Start planning your wedding with these easy steps!
1. Set a Budget
First, you need to decide how much you can spend on the wedding. While not the most thrilling step, it’s essential. You don’t want to fall in love with your dream venue or dress only to realize you can’t afford it.
Sit down, determine your total budget, and then divide that budget up by each vendor or service you’ll need.
2. Gather Inspiration
This is the fun part of the wedding process. Once you have your budget, start gathering inspiration.
What vibe are you going for? Do you want to plan a simple wedding based on a theme? Decide as soon as possible so you can make arrangements accordingly.
Try spending some time on wedding websites, Pinterest, and Instagram. There, you’ll find color schemes, decor ideas, dresses, and more for planning your big day.
3. Compose the Guest List
Start developing an estimated guest count as soon as possible. You can’t choose the right venue if you don’t know how many people you’re inviting.
As you start planning your guest list, consider the wedding party, too. Select your bridesmaids, groomsmen, and the rest of your wedding party. Then, ask them to participate in your big day!
4. Narrow Down Dates
An essential part of the wedding process, narrowing down the date will also narrow down your vendors based on availability.
Look at a calendar and consider holidays, work schedules, and any other conflicts. Select a few different options for your big day. Then, you can use those options to select your venue.
5. Select a Venue
Now that you have some of the more important details, you can start searching for a venue. Make sure to read online reviews and visit each location in person. Don’t forget to read the venue’s contract before you sign anything, too!
6. Build a Registry
Once you start planning a wedding ceremony, people are bound to ask “Where are you registered?” Start creating your wedding registry early on in the wedding planning process. That way, you’ll have an answer (before people start buying the same gifts).
7. Create a Wedding Website
Keep your guests up-to-date by creating a wedding website. Post all of the important information regarding your wedding, including:
- Room block details
- Travel information
- The registry
Have fun with it! Create a wedding hashtag too and encourage people to post photos on your big day.
8. Book Vendors
Once you start narrowing down the bigger details, it’s time to choose your vendors. These can include a:
- Wedding planner
- Wedding venue
- Wedding band or DJ
- Cake baker
- Makeup artist
- Rentals (tables, chairs, linens, china, etc.)
Don’t forget to call a wedding DJ as soon as possible, since they tend to book quickly.
9. Finalize the Guest List
As you edge closer to your wedding day, you’ll need to finalize the wedding guest list. Keep the venue’s capacity in mind to avoiding inviting more people than the space can hold.
10. Send Save-the-Dates
Don’t forget to send save-the-dates in advance. That way, your loved ones can all plan accordingly for your big day.
11. Purchase Attire
Hunting down the perfect wedding dress is easier for some than others. Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to find the perfect gown.
You’ll also want to book time for any adjustments.
12. Plan the Rehearsal
You’ll want to book the venue for the rehearsal dinner early on, too. Make sure all the details are finalized and that everyone involved has the information.
13. Schedule the Honeymoon
Honeymoons are usually booked four months before the wedding and last an average of eight days. Couples usually spend around $4,466 on their honeymoon (three times what the average adult spends on vacation).
Start planning your honeymoon early on, too. Think about the location, travel, and accommodations. Planning your honeymoon early will allow you to focus on the wedding when it needs your attention most.
14. Attend Pre-Wedding Events
Pre-wedding events include engagement parties, showers, and bachelor/bachelorette parties. These events are a great way to celebrate your marriage with family and friends before the big day.
15. Send Invites
About six to eight weeks before the wedding, send out your invitations along with an RSVP deadline. The deadline will help you get a better idea of how many guests will attend (which you’ll need for the caterer).
16. Buy Wedding Bands
Don’t forget the rings! Browse and purchase your wedding bands a few months before the wedding. Make sure to plan time to have it adjusted as well.
17. Create the Seating Chart
Once you have your venue, start finalizing the seating chart. You can send the chart to the venue, your caterer, and the stationer, who will create escort cards.
18. Get a Marriage License
As you work your way through the wedding process, don’t forget the essentials. You’ll need a marriage license to confirm that you and your partner are legally married. Each state has its own laws, so make sure to get a license in advance.
19. Confirm the Vendors
A few days or weeks before the wedding, give your caterers a call. Tie up and loose ends and confirm that they have the correct day, time, and location.
20. Get Married
That’s it! Once you’ve walked through these steps, it’s time to walk down the aisle. Now you have everything you need to plan your big day.
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