Everybody has that one thing they really want in their wedding: unique wedding favors, a fantastic DJ, that must-have band, the one-of-a-kind cake or menu option. Fact is, it’s easy to get caught up in all the details and miss out on a few—and important—wedding planning details. It can make you miss out on the best site for your reception, the quality caterer, and all the other big details that leave an impression on your guests. So where do you start wedding planning? Here are five big details that’ll get your wedding planning off on the right foot—and create the perfect foundation for your big day.
Fiance & Family Conversation
We know this first step isn’t technically a wedding detail, but it is vitally important to the wedding planning process. Talk to your fiance about the guest list (specifically how many), budget, style, and any specific requests or wants they want (you may be surprised!). If you have other family members that have expressed interest in helping you with planning, talk to them about any guests they want to invite, any financial contributions they may want to make, and any special requests they might have for your big day.
During your conversation, set a date or a time of year for your wedding so you can start to research and confirm the major details of your wedding.
It’s time to turn your vision into reality. Start with the one detail that sets the backdrop for your vision, and plays a major part in creating the right atmosphere for your big day. Decide the area you want to hold your wedding in, and any special needs you might have (i.e. handicap accessibility, parking, close to hotels, etc.)
Contact venues that fit the location and any special needs you have, plus fit the style you and your fiance want for your big day. For instance, if you’re looking for an elegant venue with character, look for historic venues in the city with plenty of parking. When you contact the sites, make sure you ask for a list of fees (along with these other questions) to make sure your final cost fits with your wedding budget.
Not everyone can create a delicious spread that fits your atmosphere and delights the taste buds, so make sure you book a quality caterer right after you book the venue. Some wedding venues require you to use a specific caterer; if you have a caterer you really want to use, ask your wedding venues if they have an open vendor policy. Open vendor policies allow you to bring in whatever vendors you want and ask the staff for recommendations for others if you don’t know.
If you want excellent wedding entertainment, don’t wait to contact and book entertainers. The best wedding entertainers’ (bands, DJs, etc.) calendars fill up fast, so make sure you don’t procrastinate. As soon as you have your date and wedding venue, start contacting and booking the right wedding entertainer for your big day. Many venues have limitations on how long your wedding entertainment can play, or sound restrictions, so make sure you ask your venue about entertainers before you sign on the dotted line.
Once you have your backdrop set and have a set wedding atmosphere, it’s time to fill in all the details that make a coordinated wedding—including the dress! Make sure you wait until after you book the venue to make sure you don’t have a mismatch, such as a traditional hall and a modern dress or a contemporary dress with a historic hall. It’s time to make sure all your details fit together for a beautiful, coordinated day—and to have fun wedding planning!