You're engaged and can’t wait to start planning your big day, but where do you start? Wedding planning should be fun, after all, this is the day you've been dreaming of! In order to alleviate the last minute stress, we recommend you start planning early. We hope that our suggestions for what to do 10-12 months before your wedding help you to stay on track and stress-free!
First comes first, you have to establish a budget! Work with your partner or family members to figure out how much you are willing to spend on your big day. Establish your top priorities, such as where to save, where to splurge and who is paying for what. These conversations may be uncomfortable, but they are necessary so that you can paint a realistic vision of your wedding day.
This is where the fun starts to come in... pick the style you want for your wedding: rustic, elegant, modern, traditional, vintage, beach, or something else! Whether you have no idea what you're looking for or you have something in mind, websites like Pinterest and Brides.com can help to get your creative juices flowing and keep you organized.
Making decisions about your budget and style will help narrow down the list of venue locations that fit your vision. The venue is your guests first impression of your special day, so make sure it is the aesthetic you are going for. When you are choosing your venue, try to have a few dates in mind in case your first choice is booked.
You will also need to know an estimated guest count to make sure that the venues can accommodate you. Once you have a date and venue, it's time to let your guests know. Consider sending out save the dates: they are a great way to figure out if the address are correct before invitations get lost in the mail!
Now's the time to choose your wedding parties and bridesmaid dresses. Keep your bridesmaids in mind when picking out dress styles; you don't want them to be uncomfortable or constantly adjusting! Also keep in mind that bridesmaid dresses sometimes need to be special ordered, which can take about 3 months. Your wedding parties will also need about 2 weeks for alterations.
Now that you have guests in mind, it’s time to research and hire vendors. To assemble your dream wedding team, you might want to start with:
If you start to feel overwhelmed, consider hiring a wedding planner, they can help alleviate some stress and may be worth the additional cost!