So he popped the question! Now where to start…
Many brides get overwhelmed right out of the gate with planning. There are a lot of decisions they will need to make along the way in the lead up to the big day. But like any big task, it’s best to start small and from the ground up.
The 3 most important things you will need to decide first and foremost are: when, who, and where. These 3 foundations will give you the base to move forward with the rest of your planning.
WHEN – What season do you want your wedding to be? There are pros and cons to each season so you shouldn’t let stereotypes of what a wedding should or shouldn’t look like weigh too heavily on you.
Maybe you want to have a bright and warm summer ceremony, or be surrounded by autumn colours, or say “I do” amongst newly blossomed flowers, or even walk the aisle surrounded by snow. Do whatever makes you happy!
WHO – A very important detail is your guest list. This will be the baseline to inform your budget moving forward. The amount of people you have at your wedding can affect many costs such as food, alcohol, rentals, and even your venue insurance.
The amount of people you invite is a totally personal decision between you and your fiancé and there is no right or wrong answer. It’s just an important first step in planning because of the influence it will have on budgeting (it can also influence the kind of venue you choose).
WHERE – Once you know when you want to get married and how many people you want there, it may make picking your venue a little easier. Some venues have minimum spend amounts so if you want a small wedding it may not be the right fit. On the flip side, some venues have maximum capacities so you may not be able to fit a large guest list.
You will have to consider the limitations of whatever season you choose; whether it’s having a rain backup plan for a spring wedding, or considering your guests’ comfort if you have a winter wedding.
There’s no harm in contacting and touring as many venues as you need to feel confident in your decision, so don’t be scared to get out there and start looking around!
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