Wedding Planning 101: What to Do First

Updated 12/13/14

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*You're engaged? Congrats! Once the initial rush of engagement excitement settles down, you'll need into the nitty gritty of wedding planning. But with so many decisions ahead, how exactly do you get started. Here, we've outlined the most important wedding planning decisions you need to make first. Ready, set, start planning! *

While determining your wedding budget will all of the other big-day pieces fall into place, first you need to decide whether you want a large or small wedding. Because, the size of the wedding determines how exactly you're going to distribute that all-important budget. If you can't live without your 100 sorority sisters attending, or come from a large family, you may sacrifice more things for the sake of the guest list. If, on the other hand, you know you want a super-intimate affair, you may be able to splurge on some key items of your choosing.

Once you determine a rough guest list you should then, you guess it, nail down a specific budget. Definitely not sexy, but you really shouldn't move forward with planning until you know how much you can spend on a dress, venue, or flowers.

After you've figured out your ideal price tag, you'll need to pick a time of year to get married and preferred style for the whole shebang. Wanting a large, formal winter wedding and a small bohemian garden party in the spring are two very different things and will determine all of your second-level and third-level decisions.

Last but not least, you should choose a location for your ceremony and reception. Once you've nailed these key items down, then you can get into flowers, wedding party style, and the getaway car. Happy planning!

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