Engagement season is at hand … you are going to hear me say that several times over the next few months . Planning a wedding can feel like an overwhelming task but if you break it down then the parts will be much easier to handle.
Set A Timetable
As soon as you announce yourengagement you will be bombarded with questions about your wedding date. The average engagement can be anywhere from 6 - 18 months. You should try to avoid holidays or major events that may conflict.
Set Your Budget
Organize with your families to figure out if there will be other contributors other than your partner and yourself. Take into account if their is assistance added then they might have a say as to how the money is spent .
Start A Guest List
There are many factors in building your guest list . If you have picked your ceremony/reception site you will need to know if your total number of guest can be accommodated.
Insure Your Rings
There are a few ways to do this : Either through a company that supplies jewelry insurance to as an extension of your homeowner’s/renters policy
Choose Your Supporting Cast
I always refer to the wedding party as the supporting cast . The sooner you decide on the wedding party the earlier you can enlist their help.
Think about hiring a Planner/Consultant
Depending on the size of your wedding and your jobs it may be a good idea to hire some help. Full-time wedding planner, part-time consultant or day-of-coordinator are all great options depending on how much help you need.
Book Your Venue.
Your reception venue will be canvas for the theme of your wedding and the backdrop for all your pictures . Make sure that your venue falls within the look , price and vision that you have for your reception. Visit as many venues as possible and get all the images that you can.
Interview and Hire Your Vendors
If you can’t picture getting married without a particular DJ, Venue or Photographer then act quickly. Many of the top vendors might be booked a year or more in advance.
Shop for Your Wedding Outfits
Dresses and/or suits are an intricate part of a wedding. Go online and through magazines to see various types and styles to find the right look for you and your partner.
Pick Your Theme
Both of you should be represented in choosing a theme . Size, colour, modern, rustic, vintage are all things that should be considered we putting together a theme.
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Neal McFarlane is a full-time Toronto Wedding DJ ,VJ and MC who enjoys sharing his decades of knowledge to elevate every single event he can.