You’re engaged! You can’t believe it has finally happened. You are actually going to be a married woman. Take some time to bask in the limelight and enjoy all the congratulations and best wishes from your friends and family. Over the next several months you will go through the ups and downs of wedding planning. There are basically six phases when it comes to wedding planning. Over the next several weeks we will be giving tips and advice to help you with each phase of your wedding planning. Let’s get started with phase one.
THE RESEARCH PHASE
If you’re like most woman you have been browsing Pinterest for wedding ideas since you first realized that you had met the man of your dreams but now it’s time to really get down to business. You’ll want to make individual Pinterest boards for each aspect of your wedding like wedding dress ideas, venues, wedding décor ideas and don’t forget a honeymoon destination board.
YOUR WEDDING VISION
After several weeks or months of research you are getting closer to having a vision of what you want your wedding to look like. You have narrowed down a couple of dates (in case your first choice is not available), chosen the members of the wedding party, started working on the guest list and looking into venues. You’ve decided on some general aspects of the wedding such as spring outdoor wedding with a rustic theme and perhaps your color scheme, but you’re not ready to fully commit to venues or vendors until you have a better idea of your wedding budget.
Now that you have done some cost research it’s time for number crunching and to perhaps have the all-important conversation with your parents and future in-laws to determine if they are willing or able to contribute any funds to your wedding. Once your wedding budget is set, and you may unfortunately come to the realization that certain things on your Pinterest wedding dream boards might not be financially feasible. It is important for both you and your partner to determine your top wedding priorities and which items you are willing to do without.
Although it may not be easy, it is important to try to stay as close to your budget as possible. Stay strong and don’t fall into the trap of being coerced into a purchase you can’t afford. We have all heard the story of the bride-to-be who falls in love with a wedding dress that is way over her budget.
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Once you’ve completed all these steps in phase one, you’re ready to move on to phase two. Stay tuned Phase two details coming soon.