Get on the same page with your significant other BEFORE you start wedding planning
Getting engaged is undoubtedly one of the most exciting times in a couple’s life and calls for lots of celebrating and basking in all its joyful glory! Then comes time to actually start planning for the big day, which can oftentimes be overwhelming, especially if you and your significant other are not on the same page. Here are our top 5 things you both should discuss and agree on before delving into planning this oh-so-important day.
Weddings are a big investment and it’s vital that you and your partner agree on what you plan, and can afford, to spend on your wedding. Every decision you make will lead back to your budget. You’ll also want to discuss who will be paying for what. Will either of your family members be contributing to the budget? If so, who and how much? You’ll want to have open and honest conversations with those contributing to your budget so there are no unforeseen conflicts moving forward.
Pursue your options on where you want to have your ceremony and reception. Do you want a hometown celebration or is a destination wedding more your style? Do you want to have your ceremony at a place of worship, or do you prefer to have the ceremony and reception at the same place? What type of venue fits both of your styles? Once you’ve narrowed down your preferences, begin researching venues that fit within your budget, can accommodate your guest count, and have your date available.
Wedding Day Priorities
Every couple is different and have varying aspects as to what is most important to them for their wedding day. Are you the partying type that must have a fully-stocked bar and the best musical talent in town that will keep your dance floor hopping all night? Or maybe you’re both big foodies and want your guests treated to only the finest foods and desserts. Agreeing on these elements will help guide you in where to spend your time, money and efforts while you plan.
The Guest List
Your guest list will have a big impact on your budget! The more people you invite the more money you’ll spend. Do you envision your wedding day as intimate, only surrounded by a few closest friends and family, or is a huge celebration a must? Do your parents have input on who should be invited? Again, you’ll also want to make sure your venue can accommodate the number of guests you plan to have.
Discussing and agreeing upon the style of your wedding is a must! Your dream of a black-tie affair may not jive with his or her vision of a rustic barn type of soirée. Nailing down the overall style of your wedding day will help when it comes time to pick the venue and plan for flowers, décor, attire and more!