You just got engaged, congratulations!
You’re going to embark on a memorable and exciting journey. Whether you know exactly what you want, or you're just starting the process, every bride begins in the exact same place.
With a plan! So what’s yours?
Go ahead… take a minute and write it down. Write down everything you want your wedding to look like; from the venue to catering, the atmosphere and ambience.
In fact, take it one step further, write down everything you don’t want.
What I’ve learned is sometimes writing down what you DON'T want, allows you to discover exactly what you DO want. Write down what your non-negotiables are and make your fiancé do the same. It’s important to feel like both voices are being heard throughout the planning process.
Now let's move onto the next step. This is the single most important part of the planning process. Take your vision and your priorities and put it into a budget.
I know, I know, I just said the “B” word. BUT, it’s the most pivotal part of the entire planning process. It will be your guiding light, your sounding board, your voice of reason, sometimes your worst enemy and sometimes your saving grace. The budget needs to be thought through carefully. Think about what’s important to you and where you want to see your money go.
Pro Tip: If you don’t direct your money, your money will direct you.
So let’s start telling your money who’s boss. I’ve provided you with an easy budgeting tool that will help guide you through the budgeting process. While this is just an example, use it as a starting point.
As a wedding planner, there’s nothing worse than seeing couples go into debt in order to have the wedding of their dreams. Be realistic with your vision and your budget.
This is the first step to the rest of your life - Cheers ya’ll!