by: Lauren

This has been a long time coming friends, because truth be told, I’ve been working on this post for about 2 weeks now! At the end of each year, I usually go through all of our posts to share the best of our features from the year. This year I’m a little delayed (having a 9 month old has put a bit of a cramp on my former work-all-day-and-night style), but I knew I didn’t want to miss out on sharing the best weddings of 2017 with you all!

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These 50 real weddings are full of inspiration, fabulous design, and utterly fabulous brides and grooms. I highly recommend you take a look at these (see the full post by clicking on the title above each image or the image itself), especially if you’re looking for inspiration for your own wedding! Enjoy!

 

MODERN ELEGANT BLUSH & GOLD FLORIDA WEDDING

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Photo: Trenholm Photo  // Coordination: PartyRox  //Design & Florals: Elleson Events

YELLOW AND CORAL NORTH CAROLINA GARDEN WEDDING

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Photography: Live View Studios // Venue: Duke Gardens // Planning: A Swanky Affair

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Photographer: Brooke Images // Event Designer: Dairing Events // Flowers: Liz Stewart 
Planner: Events by Jules // Photographer: Kristen Dee

ELEGANT BLUSH & WHITE BEACH WEDDING

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Photographer: Olimb Photography // Planning: Destin To Wed Event Planning // Floral Design: Florals by the Sea

ROMANTIC PINK & WHITE SOUTHERN WEDDING

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Photographer:  Concept Photography// Event Designer: Jackson Durham Events// Event Planner: No Regrets Events

RUSTIC INDUSTRIAL ALABAMA WEDDING

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Photographer:  Rae Leytham Photography // Event Planner: Melissa Wilt Events // Floral Designer: Wildflowers

 

GLAMOROUS CHAMPAGNE & WHITE GEORGIA WEDDING

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Photographer:  Scobey Photography // Event Designer: Bold American Events // Event Planner: EEP Events LLC

PINK & GREEN ELEGANT GARDEN WEDDING

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Photographer:   Mike B Photography // Event Planner: Intrinsic Events,LLC // Floral Designer: White Magnolia Designs

A PINK AND BLUE INTIMATE RUSTIC FLORIDA WEDDING

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Photographer:  Kristen Weaver Photography // Event Planner: ATTR Weddings // Floral Designer: Country Club Flower Shop

PLUM AND IVORY INDUSTRIAL TAMPA WEDDING

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Planning + Design: Bourbon and Blush Events // Photography + Videography: The Hons

AN ELEGANT FLORAL INSPIRED SOUTHERN WEDDING

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Photography: Rustic White Photography // Coordination: Kate & Campbell Creative Weddings & Events // Event & Floral Design: Faith Flowers

BLUE & WHITE FLORIDA GARDEN WEDDING

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Photographer: Jordan Weiland  // Design, Planning + Florals: Ashton Events

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Photographer: Hunter Ryan Photography  // Planner: NK Productions Wedding Planning // Florist: Elegant Design 
Photographer: Liga Photography // Planner: NK Productions  // Cake: The Cake Zone 

BLUSH & GREY TENNESSEE WEDDING

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Photographer: 3eight Photography // Florist: Everbloom Design // Planner/Coordinator: A Pryor Engagement

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Photography: Shane and Lauren Photography  // Wedding Coordination: The Vintage Table Co. // Florist: Modern Bouquet  
Photographer: J. Anne Photography // Wedding Planner: Weddings & Events by Emily  // Flowers: Layers of Lovely /

A WHITE AND TEAL SOUTHERN CHARLESTON WEDDING

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Photographer:  Aaron and Jillian Photography // Event Planner: Pure Luxe Bride // Floral Designer: WildFlowers Inc

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 Wedding Planner: Taylor’d Events Group // Photography: Matthew Land Photography 
Planning & Design: Brannan Events & Design  // Photography: Kreate Photography  

A ROMANTIC BLUSH AND WHITE RUSTIC FLORIDA BARN WEDDING

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Photographer:  Kt Crabb Photography

A PINK, ORANGE, & WHITE INTIMATE CHARLESTON DESTINATION WEDDING

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Photographer:  Dana Cubbage Weddings//Floral Designer: Branch Design Studio // Event Planner: Pure Luxe Bride

AN ELEGANT WHITE & BLUSH RUSTIC FLORIDA WEDDING

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Photographer:  Kristen Weaver Photography//Event Venue: Bella Collina//Event Planner: Blush by Brandee Gaar

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Photographer: Christine Farah // Planning, Design and Coordination: CCL Weddings
Photographer: Let’s Frolic Together // Day of Coordinator: Muse and Delphia // Florals: Bowerbird Flowers /

A BURGUNDY AND BLUSH ETHEREAL FLORIDA GARDEN WEDDING

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Planning: NK Productions // Venue: Selby Gardens // Photographer: Tiffani Jones

A RELAXED BOHEMIAN BLUSH & BLUE MARYLAND WEDDING

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Photography: Lauren Fair Photography  // Floral Design: Sweet Blossoms // Planning: A Vogue Affair

A COLORFUL FLORAL-INSPIRED INDUSTRIAL DALLAS WEDDING

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Florals + Planning: Celebrate Dallas // Photography: A Sea of Love

AN ELEGANT PINK & WHITE BROOKLYN WEDDING

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Photography: Mikkel Paige Photography // Wedding Coordinator: Yoriko Ueno //  Floral Design: Sachi Rose Designs

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Photographer: Kristen Weaver Photography // Handmade Goods Designer: A Girl And Her Glitter

ELEGANT BURGUNDY & BLUSH MICHIGAN WEDDING

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Planning, Design, and Floral: Rhiannon Bosse Celebrations // Photography: Sarah and Rachel 

AN UNDERSTATED & ELEGANT CALIFORNIA WEDDING

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Photographer: Marianne Wilson Photography // Coordinator: CAKE Event Company – Colleen Kaufman // Signage: DeLovely Details // Floral: Twisted Twig Fine Florals

A BLUE & PINK FIESTA INSPIRED CALIFORNIA WEDDING

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Photographer: Meg Sexton //Planner: Kaella Lynn Events // Florist: Laura’s Floras

AN ELEGANT RED & WHITE MULTI-CULTURAL LA WEDDING

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Wedding Planner: CCL Weddings // Photographer: Aevitas Weddings

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Photography: Danielle Harris // Event Planning: Emily Ventura Designs // Floral: Gina Howard 
Photographer: Kristy & Vic Photography // Planner: Carlos Velez of The Palms Hotel & Spa // Florist: Port and Palm Co 

AN ELEGANT RUSTIC NORTH CAROLINA WEDDING

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Photographer: Morning Light // Florist: Floressence Flowers 

A CHARMING BLUE & WHITE SOUTH CAROLINA WEDDING

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Photographer: Holly Graciano Photography // Planner: Meagan Warren Weddings // Florals: Fern Studio

 

A PEACH & GREEN BOHO BALLROOM WEDDING

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Photography: The McCartneys Photography // Florist: Evolutions in Design // Planner & Stylist: Kase Styles

AN ELEGANT RUSTIC BLUSH & WHITE CALIFORNIA WEDDING

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Planner: Harutyunyan Events // Photographer: Anya Kernes Photography // Florist: A Touch of Lavender

A PINK & PURPLE OUTDOOR TEXAS GARDEN WEDDING

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Photography: Eva Cranford Photography // Event Planning: 36th Street Events // Floral: Pop Fizz Floral

A LUXE & ELEGANT BALLROOM WEDDING IN CALIFORNIA

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Photographer: Stella Yang Photography // Wedding Planner: Manna Sun Events  // Florist: Nicole Ha Design 

AN ELEGANT INDUSTRIAL YELLOW, GREY, & BLUE CHARLESTON WEDDING

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Photography: Jennings King Photography // Event Planning: Fox Events // Floral: Floriography

A MODERN ROMANTIC BLUE & COPPER WEDDING

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Wedding Planning and Design: Bourbon and Blush Events // Photography: Jason Mize Photography

COLORFUL & ECLECTIC SURPRISE CHICAGO BRUNCH WEDDING

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Photography: Christian Wilson Photography // Event Design + Planning: Jayne Weddings & Events // Floral: The Foxglove Studio

A ROMANTIC BLUSH & GOLD CALIFORNIA WEDDING

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Wedding Planning: Michelle Garibay Events | Photography: Leah Marie Photography | Floral: Soiree Floral Design

A BOHO & ELEGANT JEWEL-TONED CALIFORNIA WEDDING

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Photographer: Let’s Frolic Together // Coordination & Styling: Sparkles and Vintage // Florals: Foxtail Florals

AN ELEGANT NAVY & WHITE NEW YEAR’S EVE WEDDING

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Photographer and Videographer:  TréCreative Film&Photo // Branding, Stationery and Floral: The Idea Emporium

 

Congrats to all of the amazing vendors featured in these weddings!



by: Lauren

What do you get when you combine a sassy American girl, a tall handsome Norwegian, and all of their closest family and friends? One stellar celebration! Alicia and Ståle met while in Europe and it was almost like love at first sight… if love at first sight includes exchanging the wrong information on accident but then finding their way back together! These two have quite a fun personal story so of course their Florida wedding day had to include all sorts of stunning, unique details!

At Last Wedding + Event Design guided this couple throughout the planning process, helping lift the stress so they could enjoy this season together. Their elegant ceremony had a touch of vintage-charm, being hosted at the historic Casa Feliz museum in Winter Park, Florida. It really was the perfect setting for their American-Norwegian ceremony, and we love that it was performed in both languages.

A romantic, tented reception, full of chandeliers to give off the most lovely glow created the perfect setting for their outdoor dinner. Farm tables adorned with long garlands full of coral charm peonies from Peddles Flowers, inspired the pops of color incorporated by the amber and pink glassware from Treasury Rentals.

We know you’ll love this romantic spring wedding so beautifully captured by Tara Libby Photography. Make sure you catch some of the details that the bride, Alicia, shared with us.

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Tell us about your wedding day.

Our wedding day was amazing and it was the first time our families were together! We are so blessed that many of his family and friends flew in from Norway. It was very important to us that we kept both our American and Norwegian traditions. My favorite detail, was definitely our ceremony. We had it officiated in both Norwegian and English languages. I also loved the Norwegian flag socks that all the guys wore!!

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What inspired your wedding design?

We wanted it to be unique, elegant, modern and glamorous. We went with neutral tones, yet had pops of color with our florals. I wanted my bridesmaids to be comfortable and stay unique to their style, so I had them pick out their own dress.

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What is your advice for other brides?

It’s about you and your fiancé. Nothing else. It’s also easy to get stressed about RSVPs. A lot of people told us they could go the week of the wedding or event the day before-but it wasn’t possible for us since we had already given the final numbers to our venue. Don’t feel bad about turning people away, it’s impossible to accommodate everyone. It is your day, don’t forget that!

We love the elegant and romantic feel of this couple’s wedding day, but appreciate the pops of personality they added in with the beautiful spring color palette. It made for the perfect spring garden wedding!

 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Wedding Planner: At Last Wedding + Event Design // Photographer: Tara Libby Photography // Venue: Casa Feliz  // Caterer: Arthurs Catering // Floral Designer: Peddles Flowers  // Ceremony Music: Classern Quartet // DJ: Our DJ Rocks // Cake Baker: Sprinkles Custom Cakes // Hair and Makeup: Orlando Glam Girls // Rentals: Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals // Decorative Rentals: Treasury Rentals // Floral Backdrop: Dazzling Deco // Transportation: Express Transportation // Photobooth: Photobooth Rocks // Invitations: Rachel Marvin Creative // Wedding Dress: Eddy K from Minerva’s Bridal // Reception Dress: Jovani from Minterva’s Bridal // Suit: These Glory Days by Volt

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Tying the knot at the Old Christ Church in the heart of downtown Pensacola, Florida, Jessica and Stephen celebrated their wedding day with vibrant fall colors, intimate details, and a beautiful reception with family and friends. With the guidance of their planner, Megan K Events, they created a day full of special moments and the perfect amount of sparkle.

We absolutely love that their reception took place under a large clear tent at Lee House. They danced the night away under the star lit sky under the romantic tented canopy that added a beautiful touch of elegance to their wedding day style. The pops of color and texture in the florals designed by Fiore of Pensacola added the perfect compliment to the glitter and shine that strung through many of the details of the day.

From the intimate moments as they prepared for the day, to the final sparkler send-off, Angelita Esparar Photography captured the most beautiful details all along the way.

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From the glittering of the bridesmaids dresses and the sequined Mickey ears as they danced, to the sparkler send-off, we love how this couple created a fun evening that included the perfect amount of joyful shine.

 

VENDORS WHO MADE IT ALL HAPPEN…

Photography: Angelita Esparar Photography // Coordination: Megan K Events // Reception: Lee House // Ceremony: Old Christ Church // Make Up: D. Marie Makeup Me // Hair: Arrow Salon // Wedding Bands: Johnny Dang & Co. Custom Jewelry // Florist: Fiore of Pensacola // DJ: Any Day DJ // Stationery: Grace and Serendipity // Videography: StoryLive Productions // Cake Stand: Fabulous Cake Stands // Cake: Cake Gallery // Catering: Classic City Catering

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by: Lauren

Hi friends! “Engagement season” is here (Yes, we have a term for it), and I don’t know about you, but my Facebook page is once again starting to blow up with engagement announcements! There is so much love and excitement that surrounds a newly engaged couple, and I just absolutely love it!

But then soon after that excitement wears off, you’re hit with the reality of the fact that you have to start planning a wedding– something that you most likely have no clue about, right?! Sure, you’ve been in a wedding or two, or maybe one of your close friends recently got married, but things are different when it’s YOUR wedding! And if you’re anything like me, you have NO idea where to start.

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Well, don’t fret, because I am here to help you out! I have compiled the 10 things you need to do first to get started with your wedding planning. And no, this is not a list that tells you to get your nails done and buy your first wedding magazine you see. Those are just a given, right? ;)

So before we get started… FULL DISCLOSURE:

1) I was a wedding planner before being a full time blogger. I was certified and I planned several weddings from start to finish. I’m not just pulling this stuff out of thin air :)

2) I was NOT a wedding planner when I planned my wedding. In fact, my mom pretty much planned it.

3) Everyone’s wedding is going to be different, and you may not do things exactly as I recommend. This is meant to be a general guideline for you. 

Okay, now that I have that out of the way, let’s get started! I’ve created a little checklist that you can download for quick reference, and then descriptions are all below!

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1. Set a budget

You shouldn’t be doing anything before deciding on your budget. Don’t even so much as look at anything! I know, I know- it’s a tough conversation, but it needs to be discussed and decided on before anything else. Sit down with your parents, family members, or just the two of you, figure out who is contributing, how much they can contribute, and what your total budget will be. Then you can move on to #2!

Learn more!

We do know that it’s hard to have a good idea of what you’ll even need in terms of budget. Check out the Setting A Budget section of our Newly Engaged Guide for more information on what to expect things to cost!

 2. Choose 2-3 possible dates

To be safe, choose 2-3 possible dates to have your wedding. Think of the time of year you prefer, the weather, work schedules/vacation time, holidays, and yes, even football season (or whatever sport your fiance/family is crazy about). Then choose your #1 preferred date, and have a #2 and #3 available in case your preferred date isn’t available. Because venues book up fast- some even book up to a year and half in advance!

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Choosing your wedding date might seem like a no-brainer at first, but there are several different things that you need to consider before setting anything in stone. Click here to learn more!

 3. Start your guest list

This is another tough one because yes, of course you want to invite everyone you know to your wedding. Well consider this your warning: the more people you have, the more you have to spend. (This is why you do your budget first.)

Example: You want to have 200 guests. Your budget is $20,000. This means that you will have $100 per guest. Well, that really ritzy hotel you love? Yeah they’re not even going to be close to $100 per person for food and beverage. And that doesn’t include flowers, decor, and all your other vendors!

So as you see, starting your guest list and knowing your estimated maximum guest count early is crucial. And keep in mind that guest counts usually go down by the time your wedding day comes around- and believe me… after a while, it’ll get really easy to cut the people you haven’t talked to in forever from the guest list. ;) 

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You might be wondering, “Where do I even start with my guest list?” Click here to learn more!

 4. Decide on your wedding’s style

Yep, you heard me- wedding style. If you’re new here, you’ll soon discover out that we’re HUGE on knowing what style of wedding you want. Vintage, modern, classic, eclectic, handmade, rustic… there are SO many styles out there! The beauty of “wedding styles” is that they also coincide with decor and details, and so knowing from the beginning will help you later on.  No need to design your whole wedding right now though- just know the general look and feel of how you want your wedding to be. Once you know that, it’ll be easier to move on to #5… 

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A wedding style is something that every wedding has, something that defines and describes a wedding’s look and feel. Establishing your wedding style will help you tremendously when having to make decisions!  Click here to learn more!

5. Decide on your venue

All of those first 4 steps above can essentially be done all in one sitting. Pretty cool, right? Then once you have all of those decisions made, you can start researching and touring venues. When you’re researching and you find a venue that you like, I recommend contacting them and asking if they have any of your possible dates available. If they do, then go ahead and schedule a time to tour the venue. Give yourself a few (1 to 3 max) weeks to tour all of your possibilities (depending on how long you have before your wedding date of course), crunch numbers, envision your wedding there (or not), and then book your venue! Once you have your venue booked (meaning deposit made and contract signed), your date is secured- and you my friend, are well on your way to getting MARRIED! :)

Learn more!

I have a few questions that you can ask yourself that will help guide you in the process of choosing your wedding venue… Click here to learn more!

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 6. Research

[This one is twofold. So many of the things involved in planning a wedding happen all at once. Get ready ;)] First and foremost, if you didn’t already hire a wedding planner during the first 5 steps, I strongly suggest you consider one. They will be able to give you excellent recommendations and will save you lots of time and frustration.

Vendors:

Researching potential vendors is HUGE. There are so many amazing wedding professionals out there now, and you want time to be able to choose the right ones for you. You definitely don’t want to be rushed, but at the same time, time is of the essence. (If you don’t have a wedding planner, go to this post for tips on finding, researching, and inquiring with vendors.) When you’re researching, I recommend that you check out the vendor’s portfolio, bio, pricing info (if they have it available) and their blog. Feel free to do research on every single type of vendor you need, but the ones that are crucial and book up quickly are the photographer,videographer, and caterer (if applicable). Moving on, the next steps are going to pertain to these 3 things. [After you’ve completed the following steps for the previously mentioned vendors, then you’ll move on to your entertainment, florals/event decor, rentals, invitations, and cake. And then you’ll go on to hair and makeup, transportation, tux rentals, favors, and any extras.]

Note: To make things easier on you and to ensure that you hire quality professionals, I’ve done extensive research on all of the wedding pros in The V List. Everyone you will find listed on ELD has been reviewed and approved by ME. They are all of excellent quality and are absolutely amazing. :)

Learn more!

Choosing and hiring your wedding vendors is one of the most important steps in planning your wedding, because these are the people who are going to make your day happen! Learn more about this process by going to the page in our Newly Engaged Guide entirely dedicated to finding and booking vendors!

Part 2 of Research is…

WEDDING DRESS!

Yes, it’s in caps because it’s *that* exciting! Isn’t it pretty much the very first thing you wanted to do- look at wedding dresses?! I mean, come on, who doesn’t like wedding dresses? ;) But in all seriousness, you want to be sure that you research the types of dresses you like and the stores that carry them. And read this post. [Personal experience in a nutshell: I traveled 5 hours to go to a store that had the designer I liked- and I ended up taking my dress home that very day (after months of dress craziness- read here).]

Learn more!

Wedding dress shopping may be one of the most fun parts of wedding planning, but there are also a few insider tips that will help you leaps and bounds. Click here to learn more!

7. Inquire With and Interview Vendors

So by now you’ve done your research and you know what vendors you like. Now it’s time to contact the vendor, find out if they’re available for your date, check on their pricing (if you want to), and schedule a consultation. (I think this is what I myself felt awkward about. When you’ve never done it before, it’s just weird, you know?) It’s NOT weird though- in fact, it’s pretty darn fun! The vendors will get to know you, you’ll get to know them, you’ll get down to business, and then you let them know in a few days if you want to hire them or not! I recommend meeting with up to three of each type of vendor- one if you already absolutely love them and they sell you right away, two if you’re pretty set but want to know other options, and three if you’re not sure. It just really depends on you, your decision making skills, and your taste. :)

8. Hire Your Vendors

Of course the next step is to pull the trigger and hire one of those vendors that you’ve met and fallen in love with. After your consultations, try to let vendors know your decision a week or two from when they provide you with an estimate/proposal. And then hooray! You’re one step closer to your wedding day!

Important note: Once you’ve hired someone, please let the other vendors that you met with know that you won’t be going with them. I know it sucks to do it and yes, you might feel awkward, but it has to be done- they have to know! A nice, simple email will suffice.

Learn more!

Choosing and hiring your wedding vendors is one of the most important steps in planning your wedding, because these are the people who are going to make your day happen! Learn more about this process by going to the page in our Newly Engaged Guide entirely dedicated to finding and booking vendors!

9: WEDDING DRESS!

Alright, so you have some of your vendors booked… now it’s time to take a break and go wedding dress shopping! I don’t think this needs much explanation. Just be sure that you’ve read this post first. :)

10: Design & Detail Inspiration

Remember back in the first 5 steps when I had you decide on your wedding style? Well with the second round of vendors you will meet with next (florals, decor, invitations, rentals, cake) you’ll need to have a good idea of what you want your wedding to be like, so it’s time to focus on design and details!

Know that when I say “design and details”, it really just means what your wedding will look like. Design is more of a general term, and details is more of the specifics (and where your personality can really shine through too!). This too is something that requires lots of research… which in the wedding world we like to call INSPIRATION! :) I’m sure many of you have probably already started saving photos of things that you like and are Pinning away for your dream wedding. After all, this big, beautiful wedding world here on the internet does almost solely revolve around design and details! But you want to make sure that you have enough inspiration to be able to accurately convey to your potential vendors what it is you want for your wedding. And then in the same breath, you don’t want to have too much inspiration either! Oh and don’t forget to bring your inspiration with you to your consultations! You can probably even just pull up your Pinterest boards in your meetings- which I think is absolutely amazing. :)

Learn more!

As luck would have it, I have a few different posts devoted to design and details that should cover everything…

“Finding Wedding Inspiration and Making It Your Own”

“Inspiration, Not Replication”

“Why Every Wedding Needs Details”

“What Exactly Are Details?”

“Wedding Details Inspired By YOU!

Once you get to the last step for your first set of vendors, then move on to the next round of vendors! Wedding planning is like a roller coaster- you’ll go really fast at full-speed, then you’ll slow down, and then you’ll speed up again. Yes it’s normal, and it’s okay to have a lull in planning. Basically that roller coaster ride just keeps going until you get married. ;)

Wow so that was LONG and absolutely FULL of information, but I hope all of this will help some of you out and get you going on the right path as you start planning your wedding! There are of course other things that have to be done as you get closer to your wedding, but all of this will definitely get you started and prepare you for what is to come. And if you have any questions, please know that I’m here to answer them! (No really- all you have to do is go here and submit your question!) Or you can ask in the comments! There are no silly questions… you’ve never planned a wedding before, so how are you supposed to know?! :)

And remember, sometimes things are done differently depending on your own situation, so it’s totally fine if you don’t follow these steps exactly! In my experience as a wedding planner, this order has been to be the best way to go. :) And most of all, don’t forget WHY you’re planning a wedding- to spend the rest of your life with your best friend! HAPPY PLANNING!!!

Newly Engaged? 10 Steps To Start Planning Your Wedding! via TheELD.com