Congratulations! This is such an exciting time and one that will be over before you know it! For some you have your wedding planned on pinterest and others you have no clue where to start. We have a step by step guide to get you started to planning your perfect day.
Talk with your fiancé about what kind of wedding you will have. Is it going to be traditional or informal? Local or destination? Huge party or small gathering? Talk budget and who is going to be paying for what. This may include your parents or you may be paying for it all yourself. Being on the same page from the start will help reduce the stress and streamline the process. For the past 10 years TheKnot has tracked national averages on wedding spending. Here are some handy infographics from 2016 to give you an idea of what they found out.
Pick a location/date for the wedding. If you have a set date you want you may need to be flexible as locations book quickly, some even a year or more out. If you want a specific location you may need to be flexible with your date. Knowing the date and location will be crucial as you move to step 3.
Now that you know when, where and overall budget you are ready to start looking at the other parts of your wedding. This is a natural time to start to meet with photographers, florists, decorators and our personal favorite your dress! Shopping for your dress is one of the most memorable parts of planning your wedding because it is so central to the overall look and feel of your wedding. Once you can see yourself on your wedding day with what you are wearing it is easy to pick out a hairstyle, bouquet, bridesmaids dresses even your invitations(repeating subtle details from your dress to your invitations as a preview of what is to come).
Here are our top secrets for dress shopping success!
-Shop during the week. The shop is usually a little quieter giving you a more personal shopping experience!
-We know it looks fun on TV to bring a large group but this can quickly turn into a “people pleasing” outing where everyone wants to see you in their favorite and not what you want. Bring 1-2 people who will champion your wedding.
-Be ready(financially and mentally) to say “yes to the dress” sometimes there is only 1 dress available prior to the wedding day and if you wait it may not be available when you come back.
-Trust your stylist to suggest dresses. There may be a dress that you are going to look amazing in and fall in love with that doesn’t look like much on the hanger.
Here is the link for the article from theknot www.theknot.com/content/average-wedding-cost-2016