The First 10 Steps for Wedding Planning:-
1. Enjoy Being Engaged
2. Tell Your Parents
3. Purchase a Journal If You Don't Already Have One
4. Announce Your Engagement
5. Set the Date
6. Set the Tone of Your Event
7. Set the Budget
8. Choose Your Attendants
9. Start Looking for Venues for Ceremony and Reception
10. Get Support from your Own
Remember this is my personal recommendation:
First things first you need to decide what kind of a wedding you would like, for example do you want to go for a traditional or a casual wedding?
Think about a realistic budget you could try to stick to, again buy a small book in which you can write all the figures down in.
Write down the guests that you would like to invite! This way you can plan your wedding around how many people you would like to attend.
Start to look up venues for the ceremony and reception.
Get support from either a wedding planner, or friends if you are on a budget, you cannot do everything on your own! There are also many wedding magazines out there that could give you some inspiration and ideas.
The bride and groom must determine the priorities, not the vendors. Every vendor here should be able to make the case for their service or product. However, if you really want a hopping great band, and flowers, photos aren't that important to you, get that band. Limo's can be replaced with Uber. Flowers can be bought at numerous places, and you can certainly find great photographers, bands, makeup, hair folks on Craigslist (and you can be burned there as well. Talk to friends. Ask their opinions. Look at their photos. What they might be so excited about, might give you an upset stomach.
You run your wedding. No vendors. No parents. No siblings. It is your day. Do it your way. And remember, after all is said and done, you will be married. Relax as much as possible. The fewer the details, the fewer things that can go wrong. Focus on your marriage. That is what is truly important.
I keep reading about photographers trying to justify their exorbitant rates- saying that photography should cost more than the cake and the music?!!!!! Get a grip, I'm sorry, but in this day and age when it's just point and shoot photography, all you need is a camera rental and a patient person to snap the pics. As a parent who has been repeatedly shaken down by "photographers" who will literally hold your pics (even your baby pictures!!!!!) hostage until you pay their astronomical rates, this is a part of society that needs to CHANGE. Photos are for the memories, and if every time you look at your photos you think about how greedy and pretentious your photographer was, I'm sorry, you have been done a disservice. I can't wait for this industry to settle- people are obsessed with the image right now, but soon enough they will realize that they themselves are providing the colour, life and animation- the photographer just presses a button, this madness will cease.
Wedding is something from which we expect a lot of fun. And DJ does exactly that, not only for the couple but also for the guests. And professional DJ services it's not just about the music, it's the ambience created by the combination of music, lighting, and the DJ.
July 24, 2014
I see everyone on here saying to get the best, but you don't have to spend money & get the best to have a beautiful wedding for YOU. My wedding? Free DJ, Free Cake, Free Photographer, ~$30 for our favors, Paid $200 for wedding & reception area, had ~200 people attend, Pot luck reception, $200 Dress, $160 for homemade vests for the Groom & his guys (which the were able to KEEP), made my own centerpieces from Goodwill mason jars & our own cut wood pieces, made my own cake topper for $5 & my sister-in-law made us a personalized quilt for everyone to sign. *Note through all of this I am by no means a crafty-person at all!
Do what makes YOU happy. I may have been stressed, but my wedding turned out Exactly how I wanted & I wouldn't trade it for the world.
I think there is something missing here, but it's a great list to prepare a wedding ceremony!
wedding dresses, jewelry, gifts or invitations, and these are the important element for the wedding ceremony!!
I do agree. These are really great step for planning a perfect wedding. Before these days you just have to decide and set your wedding budget that will help you in spending on each and every wedding stuff
Yes!! You MUST have a great photographer, a great DJ and great food! But if budget allows--and I'm willing to work with anyone's budget--you'll want a little icing on the cake! Caricatures for your guests is that icing! Everyone laughs at their friends being drawn, and those that have it done, have a little something extra to bring home that will remind them of your wedding, and will last a lifetime! If your wedding is in Florida, give me a call or email me!--Marsha Eaton Caricatures, email@example.com, 407-277-6448
You have listed the steps very well.
The bottom line to the budget is simple.... What can you afford? That said, "CHEAP" on any aspect of your event will yield the result purchased in almost every case. Get the BEST professional you can afford with EVERY vendor. This is not to say the more they cost, the better they are, but if you get a $300 DJ, $50 cake, $400 photographer, and a $500 venue.... Don't expect much.
I speak to brides in the planning process all the time at bridal shows and the one thing that pops up more than anything else is that the music is the most important item to make sure the event is a success If music is important than don't cheap out
You could try any outdoor park in your area. Most times they don't charge anything you simply need to have permission to
use the park.
January 8, 2014
just got engaged. our budget is going to be really small. It's my second and his to, I have only lived here in Vidor a few months. It will be a very small wedding. We have our date set, flowers, color scheme, and we were thinking of doing our own home cooking. with all this said where would be a good place to have a small wedding at?
January 4, 2014
dont fret i too as two of my bridesmaids told me they are both married that men are going to show up and you are left on your own i feeling overwhelmed too have eight months to plan have the venue booked and the bridesmaids and my dress bought and paid for ,looking for a dj ,my fiancee is like whatever you want to do is fine with me im lik oy good luck push forward your wedding will be amazing
You need to look at rates and make some calls, emails and TALK TO THE VENDORS!!! DO NOT hire for the lowest bidder. That works in construction, but not for your wedding.
I highly recommend you find out what kind of personality your photographer/DJ/caterer has. More than likely if you hire for the lowest rate you might get someone that clashes with your style. And in the end, you'll feel cheated that you spent as little as possible and still received horrible service.
The budget is the most important starting point. This will change throughout the process. Taking some money budgeted for the cake and putting more money on the honeymoon is a common practice in weddings and any planner should expect this and roll with the punches in style. It is important to stay in the realms of the budget no matter where he money goes. Like my momma always said, "Don't spend all your money on a house and not have enough money left over for curtains."
Once you've chosen your date, time and venue - don't forget the one thing you cannot get married without......a wedding minister/officiant! I'm in the northeast Ohio area and will travel as needed. www.OhioWeddingLady.com
what do you so when you found the perfect venue and paid your deposit and started making payments. then you get a call that they have lost the building, but they have two other locations for you to choose from. well one location is too small and the other is not up to par. now I have to find two locations for my wedding on august 2, 2014 because all my other vendors have received their deposits and cannot give me another date. please help my budget is $1300 looking in Cleveland Ohio area would prefer Euclid
When planning your wedding please make sure you keep this in mind, if you do not have a venue then you do not have a date. Keep the date flexible especially if you are wanting to be married during the busy season. Venues book quickly so please do not have your heart set on a date before you find your venue. Happy Planning
I am just familiarizing myself with the idea of a "forum". I am not sure who the audience is here. But, at the risk of sounding self-serving (I am a PA event planner), remember EXPERIENCE COUNTS. When setting a budget, first - talk to someone who knows weddings/events. The modest consultation fee for such guidance will be well worth it. You will be more confident moving forward.
Yes, I agree with all. To plan any wedding you first arranged your budget to make all these 10 steps for wedding.
I read your Post for 10 step for wedding planning.It is really good.Budget is the most important for wedding planning.
May 28, 2012
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May 28, 2012
just started to look for venues and feeling a little over whelmed with everything. my fiance and i only have the colors picked out and thats all the help he will give me. it feels like this is goin to b a night mare till the wedding
Budget, budget. In the end when the evening is over, when your children are grown, when life takes dips and mountain top experiences, the photos are the memories that bring your wedding back to life. As a photographer, we recommend for our clients that you set your photography budget first. We use a questionairre that assists brides in their type of photography desired and how they would like their photos preserved. A professional photographer is not as expensive as you might think.
If you spent more on the DJ, and the cake than you did your photographer than you need to go back to square 1!!
The photography is the most important role at your wedding, and the pics will be around forever, long after the cake has been eaten, and the DJ has stop spinning records. Don't get an inexperienced photographer just to save a few bucks, because you will regret it every time you look at those awful pics!