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The First 3 Steps To Take When Planning Your Wedding

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Written by Stephanie

March 6, 2020

You’re engaged and excited to be planning your wedding.  But you are not sure how to get started.   Have no fear, this post is for you!  In this post, I will be sharing with you the first 3 steps to take when planning your wedding.

Step 1: Establish A Budget For Your Wedding

This is the most important step to take when you start planning your wedding. Your wedding budget will dictate the majority of the decisions you will make throughout your wedding planning journey.  So it is vital to establish a budget before you make any important decisions or get too far into the details. Here are some tips to help you get started:

Determine who will be paying

Will it just be you and your partner? If so, decide together what amount you can afford to contribute to the wedding. Do you have family members who can pitch in? If so, how much will can they contribute?

Decide what expenses are the most and least important to you

Start with expenses such as the venue, food, entertainment, decor, photography, and decor and figure out how important they are for your wedding day.  I suggest making these decisions individually and then compare your answers as a couple.  The areas that you rated differently are areas you will want to discuss further and come to an agreement on. By coming to an agreement now, you will save yourselves stress, hassle, and probably a few arguments too.

Figure out how much of the budget to allocate to each expense category

Keep in mind that most couples spend about 50% of their overall budget on the reception expenses, especially the venue, food/drink, and entertainment.

For more help with establishing your budget, read our post “Creating a Budget For Your Wedding

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Step 2: Select A Season For Your Wedding

The next step you will want to take in planning your wedding is to select a season.  Spring, Summer, and Fall are the most popular because the weather is better in these seasons than during the winter.   But there can be some benefits to getting married in the Winter.  And there can be some things to watch out for if you get married during the Spring, Summer, or Fall.   Here are some pros and cons of getting married for each season:

Winter

A winter wedding may be a good option for you if you have a limited budget. The winter months are considered the off-season for a lot of wedding venues and vendors.  So you may be able to get a break on your package price.   However, you will probably want to select an indoor wedding venue because the weather is so unpredictable in the wintertime. By selecting an indoor venue, you won’t have to worry about getting rained out or dealing with cold temperatures.

Spring/Fall

The Spring and Fall seasons are similar in regards to the weather. It is generally dry and the temperatures are usually warm. That said, you still have to watch out for the weather. Especially if your venue is outdoors. Rain is still a possibility, so you’ll need a backup plan ready in case of inclement weather. I suggest having a wedding tent on standby if the forecast shows rain for the wedding day. You’ll also want to consider flooring for under the tent. If it rains on the wedding day (or if it recently rained), the ground may be soft, or even muddy.  And you definitely don’t want to have a muddy mess in the middle of your reception space.

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Even if you are lucky enough to have a dry wedding day, you will still want to be mindful of the temperature.  The days are warm, but the evenings can be chilly. You might want to consider having some portable heaters on hold.  As well as providing some blankets or pashminas for your guests to use if they get cold. A lot of venues offer fire pits as well.  So if you are getting married in the Spring or Fall, look for venues that provide a fire pit. Fire pits are a great amenity because not only do they keep your guests warm, but they are fun as well (think smores!).

One other thing to consider with Spring weddings is allergies.  Everything is blooming in the Spring.  So if you are having your wedding on grass or in a flower garden, there is a good possibility that somebody will experience allergy symptoms on the wedding day.   So it’s a good idea to have some allergy medicine in your wedding day emergency kit just for that scenario.

Summer

Summer is the most popular time of the year because the weather is so reliable. It is very rare to get rain in the Summertime, however, it can be really hot.  Therefore, if you are getting married in the Summer, you’ll want to make sure you take the heat into account. If you are getting married outdoors, make sure the area for your event is shaded. If it is not, get a tent so your guests can have a shaded place out of the sun.  And be sure to have water available so your guests can stay hydrated. You may also want to consider getting some portable fans too. Even if you are planning an indoor wedding, not every venue has the greatest ventilation in the hotter months.  Your guests will definitely appreciate the cool air a fan provides.

One other thing to consider about outdoor Summer weddings is bugs.   In the evening time, you could get some unexpected wedding crashers in the form of mosquitos.  So it would be a good idea to have some bug spray on hand for your guests to use.   Also, try to incorporate some citronella candles into your decor to help keep mosquitos away.

Step 3: Select A Date For Your Wedding

Once you have selected the season, you are able to narrow down the months in which your ideal wedding date will fall.   The next step then is to figure out what day of the week to have your wedding on.  Saturdays are by far the most popular day for a wedding.  But there are only 52 Saturdays in a year.  Which means there may be some competition for your wedding date.  So it’s a good idea to also have an alternate date in mind, just in case you’re reaching out to venues and your date is already taken.    Another option is to have your wedding on a Friday evening or Sunday afternoon.  Those dates will be less popular and you can often catch a break on your venue rental.

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So in conclusion, the first steps you’ll want to make when you first start planning your wedding is to set a budget, pick the right season, and select your wedding date.  If you need more help getting started with planning your wedding, A Daydream Wedding is here to help!  We would love to offer you a free wedding planning consultation where we can get to know your needs, style, and vision.  As well as give you some ideas to help you get started off on the right foot.   Click here to schedule your free wedding planning consultation or fill out the form below.

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