Where To Begin Planning Your Wedding
Need help starting your Northwest Georgia wedding planning? After saying “I will,” it is time to start thinking about how you will say “I do!” There are quite a few things to consider before looking at dresses or venues for your northwest Georgia wedding that will make your planning experience a much more enjoyable and organized one. Planning a wedding can be overwhelming with all of the decisions and details to consider, but this site can help you every step of the way. Be sure to check out our section on Planning Tools where you will find a checklist to help you stay organized, along with a budget tool and a place to keep track of your favorite vendors! (Change this after you figure out what will be in your planning tools).
The first thing you should do when planning your wedding is to sit down with your spouse-to-be, and write down answers to the questions below. After you are in agreement on all of the answers to these basic questions, then let the real fun begin!
1. What is our budget?
Absolutely not the most enjoyable part of planning your wedding, but essential in setting limits. Before you can do anything else, you need to find out how much money you have to work with. Whether you are getting help for your big day or paying yourselves, you need to set clear guidelines for how much you can spend before you start calling vendors and making deposits. Use our budget tool to help you record your spending and keep track of where you are and where you are supposed to be.
2. Should we hire a planner?
Taking your budget into consideration, you may opt to hire a wedding planner to keep the stress minimal. Consultants will usually work within a variety of budgets and can customize packages. Some charge by the hour, others by a percentage of your budget. Often, they can help you save money by knowing how to keep you within your budget and being experienced negotiators. Consultants have a network of professional vendors which can save you from the stress of having to make countless phone calls to check availability, cost, etc.
3. How many people should we invite?
Probably one of the trickiest wedding considerations, the number of people you invite is going to affect just about every other decision. Do you want a small, intimate wedding with fifty or less of your closest family and friends? Perhaps you have always had fantasies of a big wedding where the hundreds of people you both know come together to hear you say “I do.” Or, maybe you envision something right in the middle. Deciding on the size of the wedding is the first crucial step. So begin by making your list. If money is a concern, stick to the people you really know. Here are a couple of pointers to consider when devising your list:
- People and relationships change all of the time, so avoid the “If I invite her, then I have to invite her” type of obligations.
- Exclude children if possible.
- Follow the one-year rule for friends: If you haven’t talked to them in over a year, don’t invite ’em.
4. Do you have a theme in mind?
Put some fun into your Northwest Georgia wedding planning and think about a theme! Are you outdoor enthusiasts, motorcyclists, or beach lovers? Perhaps you should consider an indoor wedding if your fantasies are ruined by a potential thunderstorm. Consider carefully if you want an indoor or outdoor wedding, religious or non, elaborate or more casual. Finding quick answers to these questions will put you on the right track to the perfect ceremony and reception venues.
5. Choose a registry!
Maybe one of the most enjoyable parts of planning a wedding, the registry will let guests know all of the things you need and want to make your house a home. When deciding where to register, consider stores that are easy for guests to get to and to shop at, and that also have easy online options. The easier you make it for your guests to shop, the more likely they are to stick to your registry.
6. Don’t forget the honeymoon!
If you are planning a honeymoon and must pay for it on your own, include it in part of the budget and planning. If a more elaborate wedding is more important to you both than a honeymoon, it can always be postponed for another time, giving you something fun to plan for in the future!
Remember that your wedding, from the planning to the honeymoon, is a joyous occasion that you will want to remember forever. The bottom line is that it is your day and there really is no wrong decision. So have fun and let the planning begin!