What do I do First?
The day after your engagement, you run to the store to pick up every bridal magazine in sight. They are filled with photos of beautiful wedding gowns, rings, and articles on weddings.
Some of the magazines will give you an idea, of what you need to do to plan your wedding, but you’re probably still not sure how to start off the process.
The key is to start organizing and planning earlier rather than later.
First, you need to create your own system to keep all the details in one place.
You may choose to use a binder with a tab for each category you will be using.
Examples of categories include: Bakery, Ceremony, Catering, Florist, Music, Reception, Photography and Transportation.
An accordion file is another choice, using the same category tables. This way you will be able to see each category at a glance. Which system you choose is up to you, but use it consistently to keep track of all receipts, pictures, brochures, business cards etc. that is related to each category.
Once you have your system in place, you can then begin the research. There are plenty of books on the market and countless online websites. Visit the bookstore or the library to pick up a book to help with the planning process. If you have friends who were recently married, ask them if they have a book you can borrow to save a few bucks.
Next, find a wedding timetable layout.
This will include a list of things ‘to-do’ for the entire time (months or years) before the big day.
Some of the first things on the timeline may be: consulting with fiancé and parents to decide the budget and financial support available.
Another may be deciding the number of guests you want to invite to your big day, deciding what type of wedding (formal or informal), or even interview some wedding coordinators.
The timetable is a basic guideline. You can recreate it on your computer to fit your wedding and time line. Once you have an idea of all the details involved in planning a wedding, and all the time you will have to invest, then you can begin asking friends and families for help.
Delegate tasks to help you check off all the ‘to-dos’ on our list by the time you arrive at your special day.