how to start planning a wedding

According to polls and data gathered year after year, Christmas Eve is the most popular day for people to pop the question! With New Year’s Eve coming in at a close second at 19%. So if you got that ring you were hoping for this holiday season, you probably weren’t alone! Now that you’ve posted the “ring selfie”, shared that super sweet proposal video on TikTok, and shared in all of the excitement with your friends and family you might be asking yourself “What now?”. Once you actually sit down and start to think about the wedding planning process, things start to get a little stressful. But fear not! This post is all about helping you figure out exactly how to start planning a wedding!

Step 1: Relax and enjoy yourselves!

It can be quite easy to get swept up in all the stress and anxiety that might come with planning a wedding, but it’s important to remember to relax and just enjoy your time as an engaged couple. You have to make time for yourselves (both together and apart) so you can unwind and not worry so much about the planning process. For example, after getting all fancy and dressed up for your engagement shoot, go out for a nice dinner and make a date out of it!

Step 2: Pick a date/Choose a venue

So now that you’re engaged you might start thinking about when and where you’d like to tie the knot. A lot of couples choose their date and then find the perfect venue. However, it doesn’t always work out so smoothly. Wedding venues can be booked up months, even years in advance, especially if you want to have your wedding on a Saturday. The easiest way to pick your date is to find your perfect venue first and then choose your date based on the venue’s availability. This method might not be for everyone, but if your wedding date is something that you’re flexible on this could make things a lot easier.

Step 3: Choose your vendors

As with wedding venues, most other wedding vendors (photographers, videographers, DJs, etc.) can book very early in advance. It’s important to make sure that you book vendors like these first as most photographers, videographers, or DJs only work one wedding per day. Vendors like florists, hairstylists, and makeup artists often have a whole team of people that make working multiple weddings possible so it’s okay to take your time.

Most importantly, you have to do what feels right for you and your fiance! There is no right or wrong way to plan a wedding. If you hire a great wedding planner, they can really help keep everything organized for you and the right vendors will always help with any crazy questions that pop up. And remember, if you ever feel lost or confused during the process, there’s always Pinterest.

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