There was a big proposal. You have a ring on your finger. Yep, there’s no denying it: you’re engaged. This is one of the happiest periods you will experience, so make sure you take the time to enjoy it.
In the midst of this fizz of excitement is the knowledge that you’re now going to be planning a wedding. That’s… not quite so exciting. Sure, some of it is going to be fun; who hasn’t looked forward to an afternoon spent trying on exquisitely crafted gowns? However, it’s also well established that many brides find wedding planning incredibly stressful, so you might be wondering what you have let yourself in for.
To paraphrase a song from a famous musical, when it comes to wedding planning, you should start at the very beginning– it’s a very good place to start. So when you finally reach the point where you sit down to make a list of all the things you need to do, which should be the one that you research first?
Should The Dress Be First?
It’s fair to say that most brides love the idea of choosing their dress. It’s likely to be the most expensive garment you will ever purchase, it’s natural that you’ll want to get right down to shopping for it– so why not make it a first priority?
Conclusion: No. The dress is important, but there’s something else you need to put first. Read on!
Should The Guest List Be First?
Guest lists can cause a lot of arguments in the lead-up to a wedding. As a result, you may assume that it would be better to get it out of the way — but is that right?
Conclusion: No. By all means, have a conversation about the guest list with your fiance, but you don’t need to have final details worked out. How can you fix a guest list when you don’t know how many people you’re going to be able to invite? This one is important, but it doesn’t deserve to be in first place.
Should The Honeymoon Be First?
The honeymoon is the calm after the storm of preparation for the wedding, so you want to make sure you enjoy it. Maybe is deserves the spot of being the first area you focus on?
Conclusion: No. You can’t plan for the aftermath of something that you haven’t arranged yet!
Should The Venue Be First?
The venue is the centerpoint of your day. You need to know where you’re getting married at least from a logistical point of view. Are you going to marry in a church and then move to a reception? This is a decision you need an answer to early in your preparations.
Admittedly, doing the research, taking the time to check out these wedding venues to see if they suit your ideals, and exploring your options regarding the ceremony– it’s unlikely to be the most thrilling part of planning your wedding. However, it might just be the most crucial.
The venue is crucial, so it deserves its place as number one on your to-do list.
Starting with your venue ensures you are centering your entire day– everything else can be planned out accordingly. When the venue is booked, you can be confident that you’re taking a step in the right direction; maybe you will be the one bride who doesn’t experience a moment of wedding planning stress!
Well, a girl can dream, right?!
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