You got your pretty, sparkling engagement ring over the holiday season, but where to begin?  Planning a wedding is an overwhelming process and just knowing where to start can be difficult.  We have the ladies from Event Design Group to give a few pointers for what to do now that you’ve become engaged.  Event Design Group is hosting a seminar for brides-to-be on February 5th, but we are lucky because they’ve shared a few little secrets with us.  Take it away, ladies:

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Photo credit:  Procopio Photography

The new year can bring the stressful task of wedding planning.  These simple tips will help get you moving in the right direction.

First, create a plan. As a newly engaged couple, you should write down what you want from your wedding.  Envision the perfect day, from start to finish, and make note of everything that will be required to make it happen!  Definitely reach for the stars, but set reasonable goals.  Target dates and deadlines are also important, so be sure to stick to them because having a plan will make the process a lot easier.

Second, develop a wedding budget. This task is usually the hardest, but is often most important in planning an event of this significance.  You, your fiancé and your families should know how much money there is to spend and who is contributing.  Also, spend time deciding how much you’ll spend on each of the wedding expenses (wedding attire, catering, favors, venue rentals, etc.)  A spreadsheet will be essential for tracking expenses and staying on top of your budget.

Third, identify an expert that knows the ins and outs of the wedding industry to help execute your vision.  Coordinating with various vendors is no small feat, and a wedding expert can manage multiple people, and projects, at once.  Hiring someone that is familiar with your venue and location is a plus.

Finally, in the midst of planning your dream day, don’t forget about what’s most important… your marriage!  Take some pre-marital counseling classes so that you and your fiancé have an idea of what’s in store for the rest of your lives.  The wedding is just the beginning.

No matter what, don’t forget to enjoy yourself.  This will be one of the most important and memorable days of your lives!  Happy Planning!

Thank you so much, Event Design Group!  If you are looking for more help and advice, check out their DC wedding planning event, Engaged…Now What?, on February 5th.  (In my other life, I’m a stylish wedding garter designer and if you go, you could win one of my garters!)

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