With hearts, roses and chocolates as time-honoured symbols of this special day, it’s no surprise that Valentine’s day is ideal for marriage proposals. Once you’ve said “yes,” it’s the perfect time to reflect and take it all in. You’re engaged! However, the sooner you can start planning your upcoming nuptials, the better. It’s important to get the big things checked off right away. If you just got engaged, here are our top five wedding planning tips…
Set the date
After calling your relatives and showing off the ring, the very first thing people will ask you is, “When is the big day?” While you may not have the exact day locked down, you can save yourself some hassle by having a vague-yet-specific response like, “sometime next summer.” People will be satisfied with that answer, and it will provide useful guidance when you move on to the next stage of your wedding planning.
Think about a guest list
Before you can think about a venue, you need to put a rough number on how many guests you might have. You and your partner will have an idea, but so may your parents! That quirky second cousin you’ve never met may not be top of your list, but your family may have a different perspective! Start a simple document outlining your guest list and ask both parents who they would like to invite. You can emphasise that this is a preliminary list and things may change, but this list will be critical in helping you select a venue.
Start researching venues
Once you have a rough idea of numbers, start thinking about the type of wedding you want to have. Is it modern and elegant, or more traditional and rustic? Think about the location and time of year. Then start searching for venues in the area. At Everyone Events, we have a variety of venues in our portfolio to cater to any type of event. Once you’ve found a venue you like, start calling to get more information on pricing and availability. If you like what you hear, schedule a tour.
Discuss a budget and start a wedding savings account
Even a simple wedding costs money. Talk to your partner about how much you can spend. Consider starting a savings account to help you accumulate money for the big day. That way, you won’t have to rely on credit cards and risk going into debt. Commit to depositing a set amount every paycheck that will go toward the wedding.
Wedding planning can be stressful from the get-go. Try to find the humour in things and take time to laugh. Remember why you’re getting married in the first place. Most weddings take 18 months to plan. Why not enjoy the journey?