You’re engaged. Congrats! Now that you’ve celebrated your heart out, you’re ready and excited to start planning your wedding! But wait a minute- you’ve never planned a wedding before, right? And before you do something you’ve never done before, you usually do some research, right? Well weddings aren’t any different, and trust me– there are most certainly a few things that you should know about weddings *in general* before you start ANYTHING.
What you need to know BEFORE you start planning your wedding:
Plain and simple, this is what I wish I had known when planning my own wedding:
Pretty weddings cost a pretty penny. Your parents and family members are going to expect a wedding to cost what they spent back in the day, but *newsflash* that was 20, 30, maybe even 40 years ago! Gas and milk don’t cost the same as back then, so don’t expect weddings to. Here are few insights into what weddings cost nowadays:
And on the note of what weddings cost, your budget is what’s going to make your wedding happen. These things are helpful to know:
One of the first things you’re going to do is inquire with vendors, and that is a whole new ballgame. A few tidbits about wedding vendors to help you out:
Chances are good that you already have a Pinterest board started, and now you’re going to be spending even more time on the ever-so-inspirational site. A few words of caution:
And finally, I myself am a wedding planner by trade, and honestly, I believe that every bride deserves and should have a wedding planner. Yes, it costs money, and you think you (or your mom or your aunt) can do it yourself, but the truth is, the money that you spend in the grand scheme of things is pretty small- and in the end is 100% WORTH IT:
Once you’ve read everything above, you should be ready to get started with your wedding planning!
If you’re ready to move on, click the following link for your next steps: