First things first, CONGRATULATIONS! Take this time to really savor the moments of being newly engaged! It is such an exciting time and you deserve to live it up! Then, when you feel like starting this whole process, prioritize a few things in discussions with your partner about getting married. But also, let’s see the ring!!!
A great place to start in these discussions is how you both envision your wedding. An all out production with everything imaginable? A small gathering of your closest family and friends? A quick trip to the courthouse to just simply seal the deal? However you both envision the wedding let’s first and foremost make sure you both agree on this vision. If there are some disagreements, the couple should discuss where they can make some compromises. A happy marriage will only start off on the right foot with everyone in agreement on what the day will look like in general!
A second and equally as important step after deciding to start this wedding planning process is to establish a budget. We feel like this is a good time too to establish who will be making any contributions towards the cost. Getting all this information up front will help show on paper what money you have to work with. Going into this exciting time with a clear plan of all the financial aspects is a great way to start this process on the right foot.
All the money talk leads us to our next and super important point in the planning process, vendors!
Take the early opportunity to discuss what vendors are most important to you. Discuss how you want to allocate the budget. We have seen some people go all out on decor, or spend a lot of florals. Whatever is most important to you. Discuss all this with your partner, get a good feel for what you envision and if you have any specific vendors you are dying to have a part of your day then reach out asap. It is never too early to book someone. Especially if you love their work!
All this to say, this is only the beginning of planning a wedding. But starting off with these few first steps will definitely push you in the right direction. And as always here at Monarch we love learning about our couples and how we can best serve them. We have a variety of packages and can customize anything to fit your needs. Reach out to us for more information and remember, planning your wedding should be fun!