First think about a color scheme or theme and your overall wants for the wedding. Look through tons o magazines, websitees to start a collection of ideas that you like THEN, Start looking for your ceremony site, reception site, photographer, and band as soon as possible...things book up soooo fast! Then I would move on to, looking for your dress, florist, bakery, limos, ceremony music performer, think and ask groomsmen and bridesmaids. Then think about save the dates (if you need them) and invitations, BM dresses and tuxes. Okay, basically, you look at some of the wedding check lists to keep you on target. GOOD LUCK AND CONGRATS!!
Before you do ANYTHING, you should figure out what your budget is. Who's contributing, and how much. Once you figure out how much you have to spend, you figure out your guest list (approx. #). It'll be hard to start picking things without knowing how much money and people you have...CONGRATS!!! Oh and you can definitely dream about colors and wedding dresses, but that may end up depending on your venue.
The binder is a great idea, and budget will probably be about $5000. Really can't do much more than that, and I know my parents, and his mom are going to contribute. Thanks for the advice. I have another question for you all: about how long are or were your engagements?
First- think of your guest list since everything revolves around that (and the budget)
Second- figure out your budget
Third- decide when and where you want to get married- like what season and what state. DH and I live in Atlanta, his family is spread out through GA and FL and my family is all in New England. We decided to get married in Savannah- beautiful place we loved and reasonable for everyone to travel to. We also wanted to get married in the fall so we talked to our closest family and figured out October 8 or 15 would work out best. When we found out that my mom's friend (who I am very close to) had another wedding on October 8 we went with the 15th.
Once you have your wedding date and venue then you can start planning. Read magazines, look online, watch wedding shows to get an idea of what you want- your colors, a theme, etc. Once you have all these things in place everything else will follow.
Wedding planning is a lengthy process and involves the coordination of
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