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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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
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
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.