The First Thing to Do When Planning Your Wedding

The groom has finally popped the question, “Will You Marry Me?”.  Now what does the bride do next? Here are a few things to put on your list of things to do a few months before the wedding.

1)  Announce your engagement and let your friends and family know you have set a date for you wedding.  You can have an engagement party and announce your plans or you can send out “Save The Date” cards.  Sending out the cards to announce the date for your wedding lets family and friends who don’t live close by be aware that they may need to set aside vacation time so that they can attend your wedding.

Announce the Wedding Date with Save The Date Cards

Variety of Styles - Save the Date Cards

2)  Buy a Wedding Planner book.  Brides have been using wedding planning books for many years and they have found them to be invaluable in keeping track of all the things they need to do prior to the wedding.  This book will help you keep a list of vendors, important meeting dates, dress fitting dates, a wish list for accessories and many other important “To Do” items. If a bride keeps on top of her “To Do List” then she will be less stressed when it comes time to walk down the aisle to her groom. You can keep your list on your computer however, a book may be easier to carry with you as you are shopping and going on appointments.

Bride's Wedding Planner Book

Bride's Wedding Planner Book

3)  Select a Theme or Style & Colors for your Wedding.  The bride usually has some favorite colors in mind for her wedding day. Afterall, she’s been dreaming of this day since she was a little girl. So now is the time to make a decision about those colors.  A theme for the wedding is nice because it may determine where you want to have your wedding or reception. Will it be an outdoor event or indoor? Will you have your wedding close to home or will it be a destination wedding at a beach resort or a mountain lake? Making your decisions on themes and colors early in the wedding planning can save you time and money and less stress.

4)  Plan Your Budget.  How much can the bride and groom afford to spend on their wedding ceremony and reception?  This wedding budget will depend on their personal savings, income and family contributions. It will be very beneficial to the wedding planning to have a family meeting with all those who may want to be involved in contributing to the wedding budget. Set a date as soon as possible for a budget meeting so that there won’t be any last minute surprises regarding the budget.  The costs of a wedding can creep up and up the closer a couple gets to their wedding date so they will want to be prepared.