Congratulations on your engagement! Now that you have said yes to the love of your life, it's time to start planning your dream wedding. But where do you begin? This guide will help you get started and make the planning process a little less overwhelming.
First things first, take a moment to enjoy your engagement. Give yourself at least a couple of weeks to bask in the joy of your new engagement before you start planning. This will give you time to celebrate with family and friends, and also allow you to take a deep breath and mentally prepare for the task ahead.
Once you're ready to start planning, the first thing you need to do is set your budget. Weddings can be expensive, so it's important to figure out how much money you have to work with before you start making any big decisions. Decide where the money is coming from and how much you can realistically spend. Its easier to have tough conversations before the bills start to come in for any wedding expenses and investments.
Next, decide on your must-have vendors. This includes the time of year and date you want to get married, as well as the location. Some vendors and venues have fluctuating rates depending on the date and time of year you're looking to get married, as well as how many guests you intend on inviting approximately. Once you've decided on your non-negotiable vendors with your partner, it becomes easier to plan the rest of the wedding knowing how much of your budget you have left to utililize.
You should also figure out how many people you want to invite. This will help you narrow down your options and make the planning process more manageable.
If the idea of handing off these tasks to someone else sounds more appealing to you, consider hiring a wedding planner. A wedding planner can help you with full wedding planning, day-of coordination or partial wedding planning. They can help you create a realistic budget, recommend vendors, plan your decor, and make sure everything runs smoothly on your big day.
Once you have your budget and vendors in place, start thinking about the details. This is often considered the fun part of wedding planning, so we hope that you and your partner enjoy it together! Do you imagine having a theme? What colours do you want to use? What kind of food do you want to serve? These are all important (and fun) decisions that will help bring your vision to life.
Remember to communicate with your partner throughout the planning process. This is a special day for both of you, so it's important to make sure you're both on the same page. Also, don't be afraid to delegate tasks to family and friends (or a wedding professional). They can help take some of the stress off of you and make the planning process more fun.
In conclusion, planning a wedding can be overwhelming, but with a little bit of preparation (and the help of a wedding planner), it can also be a lot of fun. Take your time, set your budget, and choose your vendors wisely. And most importantly, remember to enjoy the journey and celebrate your love for each other. Congratulations, and happy planning!
If you're located in the Vancouver area and looking for some assistance in planning your wedding, reach out to our Encore Events Vancouver wedding planning team! Explore our website for past weddings, and our services offered to ease the stress of your wedding day and create your dream wedding experience!