You’ve dreamed about your wedding day since you were little and finally, it’s your turn. You’re engaged and ready to start planning your wedding… congratulations!
But wait, where do you begin? What do you do first? What’s the most important thing to focus on and get done first? Slow down for a moment and take a deep breath, this time in your life is meant to be enjoyed and I’m here to help you along the way.
Here are my top five tips to help you get started planning your wedding:
Tip #1 – Start early!
Once you’re officially engaged, it’s never too soon to start planning. Even if this means daydreaming and saving your favorite photos on Pinterest, be sure to get started early and you’ll be headed for success.
Tip #2 – Determine your budget.
Knowing exactly how much money you can spend is wildly important. Why? Because costs add up, quick! Begin with the overall budget that includes all expenses, then break it down into different categories that will help guide your planning process.
For example: venue, flowers, décor, dress, etc.
Tip #3 – Know your seasons.
We’re talking about more than winter, spring, summer, and fall here. Depending on where you are located, ‘wedding season’ will dictate more than your wardrobe. It determines how much things will cost (more expensive during peak season) and how early you’ll need to make reservations in order to ensure availability.
Tip #4 – Visit your venues!
A picture is worth 1,000 words but a visit is worth 1,000,000. When considering a venue for your wedding day (ceremony or reception), you’ll want to make sure that it can accommodate all that you’ve envisioned and of course, all of your guests.
Tip #5 – Chat with your photographer.
Deciding which photographer to choose for your wedding day is one of the most important decisions you’ll make during the planning process. Weddings take months of planning in most cases and the actual event only lasts a few hours. Wedding photos, on the other hand, last a lifetime and can be passed down from generation to generation as a family heirloom.
I’d love to speak with you about everything you have planned for your wedding and share my work with you to see if it fits what you have in mind. Please email me at Hannah@hannahlanephotography.com and we’ll set up a time to connect. Can’t wait to hear from you!