Newly Engaged? Jump-Start Your Wedding Planning With These 7 Tips

Plan now, relax later.

By: Lucy Sui

Planning a dream wedding doesn’t have to be stressful. In fact, wedding planning and the months leading up to your big day are great opportunities to collect memories and enjoy this exciting time. If you're newly engaged and don’t have a clue about where to begin, snag a few of our best wedding planning tips below, plus a free downloadable 12-month to-do list.

1: Set a Date

Your wedding date will determine the season, which potentially affects which flowers are in season, the temperature and possibly the style of your wedding. Ideally, you should set a date at least six months out so that you can thoroughly shop your vendors. A few months of the year will be designated as off-season, so you may be able to negotiate lower rates. Also, Sundays are almost always cheaper than Saturdays.

2: Choose a Venue

Do you prefer a glamorous ocean view ceremony, a countryside vineyard reception or a twilight-inspired wedding in the woods? Determine your style and lock down your venue. There are hundreds of wedding venues but most can only hold two to four weddings per weekend, so keep this in mind when picking your venue.

Find a Wedding Planner

Find a Wedding Planner

Sometimes your venue may provide you with a day-of coordinator, but in case it doesn’t, you’ll need someone on the day of your wedding to coordinate all of your vendors and make sure everything runs smoothly. Alternatively, you can also hire a full-time planner that will plan everything with you from the very beginning to the day after the wedding.

Photo by: Viera Photographics

Viera Photographics

3: Find a Wedding Planner

Sometimes your venue may provide you with a day-of coordinator, but in case it doesn’t, you’ll need someone on the day of your wedding to coordinate all of your vendors and make sure everything runs smoothly. Alternatively, you can also hire a full-time planner that will plan everything with you from the very beginning to the day after the wedding.

Wedding Planning Book

Wedding Planning Book

Photo by: Viera Photographics

Viera Photographics

4: Keep Track of Everything

You’ll want to keep track of everything for two big reasons: It will keep you organized, and it will allow you to reminisce and reflect on this incredible time leading up to your wedding. We suggest getting an all-in-one keepsake wedding planner, such as The Wedding Book (pictured), that lets you keep track of your guests, vendors, quotes, contact information and everything else that deals with planning your wedding.

5: Employ Your Bridesmaids + MOH

They are your closest friends, and they’re there to help you plan. Don’t be afraid to assign tasks and delegate responsibilities. It’s considered an honor to be part of the wedding and an even bigger honor when you put your trust in them.

6: Scope Out Your Vendors

Every vendor you hire, from the florist to the caterer, should have some sort of social media with pictures of their work. Scope out your vendors first to see what their styles are, whether they’ve worked your venue before, etc. This will save you lots of consultation time by narrowing down your vendor list.

7: Meet With Multiple Vendors

We suggest to meet with at least two vendors for each category, such as a florist, caterer, stationer, etc. This will give you a better idea for pricing, and you’ll be able to compare the pros and cons of each vendor.

It's difficult to remember every single detail of the wedding planning process. Having a list and sticking to it is essential for success. 

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