Congratulations! You’re engaged and the wedding planning has begun. Now, where to start? From the venue to cake tasting, it can be overwhelming to know what steps come first in the process. That’s why we at Classic Wedding Designs have put together this guide for newly engaged couples. We will explain how to get started on planning your dream wedding, from finding a date all the way through to the honeymoon. Let’s dive in!
Before You Start Planning Before you begin the exciting task of planning your special day, there are a few things that you should do first. The most important is to define a budget and stick with it. It can be easy to get caught up in all of the details and forget about how much money you plan on spending overall. Set realistic expectations and decide who is contributing financially to provide a better idea of what kind of wedding you can afford. After establishing your budget, now comes time for you and your partner to sit down and talk about some key decisions like location, size, theme, etc. Once these decisions have been made, everything else will fall into place more easily! Choosing Your Venue & Vendor Team The next step is choosing your venue which will set the tone for your entire celebration. We often advise our couples that finding your venue should be your #1 priority if you are planning a wedding in Nashville. Whether you want an outdoor ceremony or an indoor reception (or both!), make sure that your venue fits within your budget as well as captures the feel of what you envision for your day. Once that decision is made, it’s time to build out your vendor team which includes wedding planner, photographers, florists, caterers–you name it! Researching reviews online or asking friends/family members who have recently married can help narrow down potential vendors so that you know who best suits what you are looking for on your big day. If you are planning to hire a wedding planner, they will also be able to provide recommendations on vendors who fit your style and your financial comfort zone.
Final Touches & Honeymoon Planning Now that all of the major details are set in stone (venue and vendor team), it’s time for the fun stuff like picking out decorations and making sure everyone has their outfit ready for pictures! Have fun with this part; after all–it’s YOUR special day! Furthermore, if you haven't chosen a honeymoon destination yet- now's the perfect time! Start researching ideas as soon as possible since flights usually book up quickly around peak travel times such as summer months or holidays like Christmas/New Years'. Wedding planning doesn't have to be daunting or overwhelming if broken down into small chunks- budgeting, making key decisions like location/theme/size etc., choosing a venue and vendor team , finalizing those touches before saying "I do," and honeymoon planning should come before anything else! With patience and dedication throughout each step of this process- newly engaged couples can make their dreams come true without breaking their bank account or losing sight of their vision along the way. Good luck - we wish nothing but happiness during this exciting chapter in life! If you would like more guidance or information we would be honored to help. Contact us today!