Now that you’ve told all your family and friends, taken care of getting ring insurance and celebrated a bit, it’s time to start planning! The first three points of discussion you and your fiance need to determine are when you’d like to get married, your guest list and your budget. These three factors will heavily determine many of the subsequent decisions you will have to make. Once you have a general idea of when you want to get married, how many people you and how much you want to spend on your wedding you have done most of the hard work already! From here it’s a good idea to determine where you want the actual ceremony to be – at a house of worship like a church or temple or on-site at the reception hall? As you begin to search for wedding venues knowing these factors will help you decide on the best place to hold your reception.
Armed with this information, you are sure to make the right decision based on your budget, guest list size and time of year preference. Booking your wedding reception venue and ceremony officiant and/or venue should be at the top of your list. There are many options when it comes to flowers, entertainment, photo, and video but you can’t even start to look at those unless you have a wedding date and location.
Once you’ve finalized the details for your wedding ceremony and reception site, some couples decide to take a break in planning since this part is usually a lot of work. At this point, you can relax knowing the biggest to-dos are completed. However, if you’re planning a shorter engagement then you need to start searching for the rest of your vendors. This is also a great time to create deadlines and a large-scale to-do list that includes everything from your vendors to favors and every detail in between.