Monday, January 27, 2014

Top 5 Wedding Planning Tips

You've gotten engaged, told all your family and friends, and then reality hits - time to plan a wedding. Whether your vision is a grand celebration or an intimate affair, proper planning is the key to its success. This week we'll cover a myriad of topics and provide you with various tools and tips to make the planning process a little less hectic and a lot more enjoyable.

Today we're covering our Top 5 Planning Tips:
5) Get Organized: Whatever is the right method for you. You'll be juggling vendor consults, guestlists, tasting appointments, the wedding party, fittings, and much more. Get a system in place so that it's smooth sailing all the way to the altar (obligated wedding cheesiness).
4) Vendor Compatibility: Whether you're booking a dj or a caterer, personality, style and fit is extremely important. You'll be working with most vendors for 3-12 months and if you don't vibe, neither will the end result.
3) Do The Research:No matter who's paying for the wedding, it's an investment  - just like a car. And just a like an investment, you need to do the research. If this is your first time planning a wedding you might be a little sticker-shocked. Find out how much things cost, what your different options are, and where to source the right services for you. And all this research will not only help you ask the right questions in your vendor consults (getting you closer to picking the right vendor for you - see tip #4), but will also help you set a realistic budget...which leads us to #2.
2) Budget, Budget, Budget: Whether your wedding is a diy affair or a grand celebration, budget will drive everything. It's not only important to sit down and realistically understand your numbers for yourself, but it will also greatly help vendors make the appropriate selections when putting together quotes and proposals.
1) Enjoy it! Your engagement is all about family and friends coming together, and at the end of it is a celebration. There's no other time like engagement time and it'll be gone before you know it.

Good luck!

*image by Paired Images

Tomorrow we bring you our Top 5 Online Planning Tools - you can't get the job done right without the right tool.

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