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The bliss of being newly engaged is incomparable. However, you’ll notice that euphoria may wear off just a tad once you announce your engagement. A flurry of questions will come pouring in, such as, “When’s the wedding?” or “Where will it be?”

Once these questions start coming at you left and right, you be left wondering how to plan a wedding. When it comes to planning a wedding, especially your dream wedding, there are several things to know and do.

Keep reading to learn more.

Find Your Wedding Inspiration

It’s easier to plan your wedding aesthetic when you have a theme or concept to design around. Create a wedding vision board on Pinterest and pin anything and everything that would make the best wedding.

Whether it’s photos of a romantic garden wedding, a roaring 20’s themed reception, or color palette ideas, a vision board will help you get a better idea of what your perfect wedding looks like. Once you finalize the overall aesthetic you want to achieve, you will have an easier time making design decisions.

Also, sticking to an overall theme or aesthetic will make the design look more cohesive.

Set a Wedding Timetable

Wondering how to plan a wedding?

As soon as you announce your engagement, everyone will be asking you and your fiance, “So, when’s the wedding?” Some couples know early on what date they would like for their wedding, but in reality, the wedding date also depends on other factors like the availability of venues.

To avoid getting disappointed, have a range of dates that work for you and your partner early in the wedding planning process. Think about what season you and your partner would prefer or even which month. 

Set a Wedding Budget

If you have family members that would like to contribute to your wedding, it’s a good idea to sit down with them and get a good idea of how much that amount is. Having a specific range or number is important because your wedding budget will affect your wedding planning in a major way.

Conversations about money can be uncomfortable, especially when it isn’t your own. However, having the budget conversation early can avoid even more awkward potential conversations later on if there is a misunderstanding. Get the conversation out of the way as early as possible so you can start planning your wedding with a realistic idea of how much you can spend.

Book a Wedding Venue and Your Vendors

Your reception venue will be the backdrop for all of the photos your guests take on your special day. Be sure to book your wedding venue as early as possible, especially if you have your heart set on one specific place. To avoid getting disappointed, try having a small list of your top 3 reception venues so if you don’t get your top choice, you have others to look forward to. 

It’s also essential to book your vendors as early as possible as well. From catering to flowers, and even tables (check out this buyer’s guide), many vendors have a packed schedule and can be fully booked for months in advance.

Planning a Wedding Made Easier!

Planning a wedding can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Once you have the most important factors in place, such as the ones listed above, every other decision becomes a walk in the park.

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