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      You’re engaged! Congratulations! Now that you’ve recovered from shock and spread the news to friends and family, it’s time to start thinking about the wedding planning process. Here are the first five things you should consider as you prepare for the big day.

      1. Determine a budget.

      Sit down as a couple and decide how much money you will be spending on your special occasion. You’ll automatically think of the big things, like the venue fee and the price of your wardrobe, but don’t forget about other expenses. Factor in things like gratuities, clothing alterations, and corkage fees.

      2. Decide whether you want an event planner.

      Planning a wedding is no small feat, and while hiring one seems like an unnecessary expense, there are several reasons why you need an event planner. Even if you’ve been planning your dream wedding since you were six years old (we know you have a binder full of magazine clippings and color swatches!), take the time to really consider whether you really can get the job done and enjoy your special day without a wedding planner.

      3. Select your date.

      This may be difficult, but at the very least, you should have an idea of which month you’re going to choose. Without a date, it is difficult to move on to the rest of the wedding planning process. You’ll have a hard time booking event planners and venues because they won’t be able to tell you if they are available to you.

      4. Estimate your guest count.

      This is important for several reasons. If you find that you want fewer attendees, you’ll have more room in your budget for flowers or food. Your guest count will also help determine which venue you choose!

      5. Choose your venue. 

      Or at least narrow your choices down to two or three. Your venue selection can change your colors and your theme, so it’s best to decide on the location of your wedding before you move on to the décor.

      And there you have it – the first few things you should consider when planning a wedding!

      Are you married? Tell us about the first decisions you made when you started planning!

       


      1
      Determine a budget

      2

      Decide whether you want an event planner

      3

      Select your date.

      4

      Estimate your guest count.

      5

      Choose your venue.


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