Welcome to Sunday School – Lessons For Engaged Couples! I’m glad you are joining in on this series. Wondering what this Sunday School is all about. Read about it here. Today, I’m giving you the first core lessons that you can transfer into your planning process.
Immediately after getting engaged, you should set your budget. Your budget is going to set the tone for the rest of your planning. It will determine if you can have your ceremony and reception at that luxury boutique hotel you have been eyeing or that equally beautifully but less expensive venue.
Like most couples, you may be surprised by the cost of weddings. Rightfully so, if you have never been involved in the planning process of a wedding. Conduct a minimum research of items such as venues, wedding planners, invitations, cake designers and photographers to get a feel of your market price. By no means, is this the entire list of items needed but a simple start. Guest count plays a big factor in your budget. Industry standards indicate a certain percentage of your budget that is alloted for each area. Are you getting financial help from family or friends? If so, don’t forget to include their contribution.
Your wedding planner is going to be your director, friend and unofficial counselor. She or he may even slap your hand with a ruler if you try to go too far over budget. Upwards 300 hours or more is the time it takes to plan a wedding. Instead of spending those long hours, I bet you would rather shop for your latest Jimmy Choo shoes or meet your buddy on the golf course.
Your wedding planner can recommend the best venues and creative team members (vendors) to fit your budget and needs. Considering not hiring a wedding planner or don’t think you can fit one into the budget? At the least, hire a month-of coordinator. On the day of your wedding, you don’t want to be stressed worrying if your creative team members arrived on time or if your bridal party gets down the aisle in a timely manner and on cue. There are so many benefits to hiring a wedding planner. Believe me, you will thank me later.
Because venues can fully book up one year in advance, start your venue search and book fast. To help determine the best venue for you, think about your style and budget. Are you considering a modern and chic wedding, a timeless wedding with a few modern elements, or a rustic chic barn wedding with chandeliers? Don’t forget to take your number of guests in consideration. If you are inviting 200 people but the venue you love can only accommodate 150, you will have to make a decison – decrease your guest list or find another venue.
So, ladies…your base, your confidante and your spot are your core items to get the wedding planning process started. Show this list to your fiance and any of your engaged friends. How will you use this lesson to transfer into your wedding planning process?
Next week, it’s all about the guest list and invitations.
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