Congratulations on the big question!!!! Holiday proposals are the best and extremely exciting!
Now that you’ve said yes, it’s time to get the wedding bells ringing! But how do you get started? Who do you call? What do you need? First things first…remember the biggest reason for all the planning is to celebrate a new beginning with the man of your dreams. If you don’t lose focus of that…you can’t go wrong! While you keep your focus, here are a few things that you want to start with first:
Create your guest list – your guest list will the first thing to tackle because it will set the tone for your budget, venue, and food. Visit our post on “How to Guest-timate” for details on getting this list narrowed down.
Create your budget – it’s extremely important to have a dollar amount set to begin with. Before surfing the internet or calling vendors, you may not know how much a wedding really costs. (and that’s okay) The average wedding cost is $26,000 but your budget may lower or higher. Figure out what is the most important vision of your wedding (centerpieces, ceremony, flowers…), find out the cost and go from there!
Set your date – come to an agreement with your fiance about when you want to exchange vows. Do you want to avoid a holiday or birthday? Do you want to get married outside? Think of all the different elements that you do and don’t want when selecting your date because this will soon be one of the most important dates of your life….forever!