It's the most exciting time of your life, right?! Then why do you suddenly feel stressed, overwhelmed, and completely unorganized...... From napkin color to bridesmaid's gowns, that time between getting engaged and walking down the aisle can seem daunting. There are so many decisions to make about the BIG day, that it can be difficult to find where to start!
On this blog we are all about making your life easier so I consulted bestie and wedding planner extraordinaire, Kasey Schaffer of Toast of Tennessee, to give you the scoop on starting the wedding planning process. Below she highlighted her "Top 5" things to do after getting engaged to make this time carefree and a lot less stressful!
1. Set A Budget :
"This is probably THE MOST important first step. Whether you are paying for the wedding yourself or have some support from your family, you want to make sure everyone is on the same page with what the budget is," says Kasey. "Money is never easy to talk about, but getting the conversations out of the way early on and setting expectations for everyone involved is crucial for the planning of this big day! Once you have your overall number, you can utilize a planner to help you allocate the money and advise you on where to spend it."
2. Choose The Date :
"When starting to plan a wedding, you want to move swiftly from budget planning to choosing a date. With wedding venues booking up so far in advance these days, you may need to be flexible with the date. A general idea of the season and month you'd like to get married in is a great place to start!" says Kasey. "A wedding book is also a crucial purchase in the early planning stages. There are some really cute ones that help keep decisions nice and organized." Below are some of Kasey's top pick's.
3. Consider A Planner:
Boozey Bridesmaid here. In order to not make it seem as if Kasey is shamelessly plugging herself, I wanted to take this one. DON'T JUST CONSIDER A PLANNER, MAKE IT A NECESSITY. I cannot stress this enough to you bride-to-bes. If there is a way to move around your budget to accommodate a planner (and heads up, they come at all different price points) I highly recommend doing that. A planner will help you find your venue, review your contracts, divide up the budget, choose trusted vendors, and so much more! There are so many small details that are easy to miss and with a planner, they keep you on track of these and many other important "must-dos" during your planning season. When it comes to the day of, forget it!!! They are a life saver and allow you to truly enjoy the day without having to worry when the flowers are getting delivered or if the cheese table is out on the veranda, melting in the sun....
4. Pick A Palate:
"This is where you get to bust out that "Dream Wedding" Pinterest page ladies!" says Kasey. "A lot of brides do well to match their color palate with the season of their wedding. Your planner and designer will help you with this, but it's helpful to have an idea of what you want so they can execute your vision. The season of your wedding also has a huge effect on the flowers used for the wedding & reception. Make sure to keep these things in mind while you are scouring the thumbnails pics during your lunch break."
(I pulled these pics from the Boozy Bridesmaid's (yours truly!) wedding Pinterest board. And no, I'm not engaged... Don't judge!)
5. Dedicate Time To Planning & Enjoy It:
"Planning a wedding can get stressful, very easily. I know this because I not only plan weddings for my brides, but I have also been a bride myself," says Kasey. "In order to make sure you aren't neglecting other areas of your life or getting too far behind in the planning, set aside some time for you and your future spouse to make some crucial decisions. Even if it's an hour every Sunday, you are making the effort to keep things in motion and not allowing yourself any bridezilla moments! At the end of the day, this is supposed to be the happiest day of your life celebrating a new chapter with the people you love, so make sure you enjoy every moment of this process!"
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