Recently engaged? Big congratulations to you!! This is about to be a magically special time in your life. It can also tend to add some stress to your life, too. But there’s some simple ways to spread out the work and ease the wedding planning stress at the beginning of your engagement! Let’s talk about it.
- Enjoy your engagement: It sounds cliche, but it’s really easy to launch into wedding planning immediately after getting engaged. Similarly to how your newborn baby grows up in the blink of an eye and you can’t go back, the same applies for your engagement. Once you launch yourselves into wedding planning, you can never go back to that simple, quiet moment in time where you can just be. To fully utilize this, I suggest holding off on announcing your engagement for at least a few days. This can be especially hard to do when you want to shout it from the rooftops to your family and friends, but this will be the only time you can enjoy this romantic high together without the influence of others.
- Secure your wedding date, guest list, & venue: The very first thing you’ll need to do is secure your wedding date with your favorite venue by signing a contract and paying a retainer fee. You’ll need to know the rough number of guests you’re looking to invite, as every venue has a different minimum and maximum amount of guests they can accommodate. Don’t worry if you don’t have every single name yet, but definitely have a realistic number solidified when booking your venue.
- Start hiring vendors one by one: The biggest initial task you’ll want to do is start hiring your wedding vendors to make sure you can secure your favorites before they’re all booked up. Here’s where my biggest suggestion that prompted this blog post comes in – work on booking your vendors one at a time. All too often, excited brides, grooms, and wedding clients reach out to every single category of vendor all at once – DJ, photographer, florist, hair and makeup, caterer, etc. This can easily get overwhelming. If you focus on one vendor every week for example, you’ll make sure you’re reducing stress by focusing on one niche at a time while also reducing the amount of back and forth between you and the various vendors.
- Make sure you’re booking vendors in logical order: To follow up to #3, make sure you’re booking your vendors in the most logical order. An example of this is typically professionals like photographers, DJs, and videographers get booked up the quickest. Followed by that would be caterer, hair and makeup, florist, and baker. Don’t forget things like stationary for your save the dates and wedding invitations, transportation for you, your party, and your guests, and a jeweler for wedding rings.
- Hire a wedding planner: Hiring a wedding planner is a simple way to reduce a ton of stress, especially if you do this towards the beginning. They can help with everything from booking vendors to figuring out the small details, like linens. A great wedding vendor is worth their weight in gold!
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