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3 Essentials Items for Your Wedding Checklist

We know planning your own wedding can be a little overwhelming, especially in the beginning. Where do you start? Who do you call first? Planning a wedding doesn’t have to be hard, it can be fun! It will involve a bit of work. You will need tools to help along the way! Spreadsheets, books, checklists, and a Pinterest board will be very beneficial as you plan your big day. Here are a few examples of templates to follow:

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1) Creating a Budget.

Couples are spending a record amount of money on their big day,” according to a new survey from TheKnot.com. “ The average cost of a wedding rose to $32,641 last year — an increase of more than $5,000 since 2010.” Starting with a budget plan will help you stay within your limits, as well as keep you organized.

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2) Create a Personal Planning Guide.

It’s best to plan at least 12 months in advance. Event tools are your best friend! Besides online wedding checklists, look for event apps with budgets, checklists, and reminders that are used for weddings; read more at http://www.eventmanagerblog.com/planning-wedding-tips#HyjOc5zTebrlfIqS.99 

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3) Finding Venues, Vendors, Catering, Photobooths and more!

When it comes to venues, the logistics are key. How much are you willing to spend? Do certain needs—like wheelchair accessibility or special seating—play a role? www.Weddingwire.com has great tools for planning and searching for that one special place, and for finding the top-rated vendors. Including Picture Perfect Photobooth Rentals! Having a photo booth at your wedding will keep your guest happy and entertained, all the while giving them a gift to keep with the memories of your big day!

Congratulations On Your Engagement!

You’re engaged! What now?

First off, congratulations. How exciting!? With the New Year right around the corner, getting together a plan of action is the key to staying organized and on top of your wedding planning. We’ve taken some time to lay out five key points to get you in the planning mood.

Image Courtesy of Chelsea Hall Photography

Image Courtesy of Chelsea Hall Photography

1. Share the news!
Shout it from the rooftops! Scream it in the park! Whatever you need to do! Let your friends and family know first, ideally in person. You can call, send an e-card, or make a cute Facebook announcement and get this excitement off your chest!

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2. Get organized!
Grab a cute planner at Michael’s or order one online! A great organization system will help hold all your fabulous ideas and important documents! We are loving this one from Future Mrs Planner.

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Image Courtesy of Amy Bluestar Photography

3. Set your budget.
This part is absolutely essential. You need to set realistic expectations off the bat, and your budget may determine your wedding date or venue. It also gives you time to start saving ASAP. Here is a great site to help you budget A Practical Wedding.

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4. Set a date and book a venue!
This one is a little obvious, but not always easy if you already have a dream venue in mind. If you don’t care where you get hitched, find a venue that is open on your wedding date, fits your budget, and lock it down. Some wedding venues book 1.5 – 2 years out, so snagging your dream venue should be on the top of your list.

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Image Courtesy of Chelsea Hall Photography

5. Dream a little.
You’ve set your budget, and you’ve been realistic in your expectations and decor choices; now, there isn’t anything wrong with dreaming a little! This is the fun part! Get on Pinterest and make an inspiration board. This board can help you see what color scheme you are leaning towards, and help you narrow down a concept for your wedding. Check out our Pinterest Board for photo booth ideas!  

This list certainly isn’t exhaustive. It’s just the tip of your wedding planning iceberg. Hopefully, it gets you inspired to dive in and get started!

Next week, we will have a downloadable wedding checklist to further aid you in the planning process!
Pin this page as a reminder!