The 6 First Decisions You Need To Make In Planning Your Wedding:
The very first thing you need to know is how much money you have available to spend. Weddings can cost as much or as little as you want. Knowing this number right off the bat can help to determine your next steps.
2. Date / Month of Your Ideal Wedding.
The time of year, day of the week, or month you want to get married in, can set the stage for your perfect day. If you’ve always dreamed of an early summer wedding, tell everyone you talk to about scheduling in June. More popular seasons, days, and months book fast, which could have an impact on when you need to sign the contract and provide a deposit to secure the date.
3. Number of Guests (Have a Ballpark Within ~20 Guests)
This number will change. It does help immensely to have a fairly solid idea of how many you plan to host, because venues are often unable to exceed specific capacities. Talk to your families and friends about their guest suggestions. Determine if you want everyone they suggest to actually attend.
4. Indoor and Outdoor Needs for your Ceremony, Cocktail Hour, and Photos.
If you want an outdoor ceremony, you will want to find a venue that has the space available. If you want to take gorgeous pictures with your entire bridal party, it’s easier to keep everyone close and nearby.
5. Theme & Style
Talk about the theme and style of your wedding. If you both love ballroom dancing, you’ll want to ensure you have a large dance floor. If you met in an art class, you might want to host your wedding in a museum. The theme or style of your wedding can reflect your relationship and the new future you are building together.
6. Ideal Timeline
Getting married at Sunset or in the mid afternoon can change how long you would need a venue to be available. Some venues only offer an open bar for 4 hours. Thinking about how long the day is, when you plan to do a last dance or your grand exit, and who is taking everything home afterwards, can help as you make plans and sign contracts.