"Will you marry me?" What happens after you answer "Yes!" to that question? Wedding Planner Katie Zuniga joined to to share the important steps to making the wedding of your dreams happen without a hitch.
Set a budget and priorities: Meet with those will be involved in the planning which will likely include the person/people providing the money to pay for the wedding. Have each person make a list of what is most important to them (food, photography, venue, date, etc.) and compare notes. Agree on a total amount that will be spent on the wedding and, as a group, agree to stick to that budget.
Choose several dates: If a venue or priority vendor is booked, having more than one date will increase your chances of getting what you want. Also consider the date for travel for out of town guest or your honeymoon.
- Hire a wedding planner: A wedding planner can help during the consultation process with vendors and knows the questions to ask, can help you understand quotes and if the value is worth it or if a better deal can be found elsewhere, has connections for discounts.
- Find a venue: Know how many people you plan to invite before you book the venue. Know the weather for the time of year you want to get married and consider indoor/outdoor locations accordingly. Wait to book other vendors until you have your location booked.
- Begin booking all vendors: Look at your priorities and go from this point. Photographer, videographer, caterer (if the location doesn't have on-site catering), florist, cake, band or DJ. The earlier you book the more likely you won't miss out on who you really want.
- Dress: It can take up to 6-8 month to arrive after you order and you’ll still need time for alternations. Bridesmaids dress are safe to order 3-4 months out.
- Guest list: Send out “Save The Date” cards as close to 6 months as you can. This will help you finalize planning for amounts of decor, number of tables, size of cake, etc.
- Décor: Decide on a style/color scheme and figure out how everything will relate, from “save the dates cards”, to invitations to table signs to party favors.
For more help with planning a wedding, visit Katie's website.