When it comes to weddings, planning is the name of the game. I just spent the better part of the morning RSVP’ing online to events for a destination wedding in Europe next summer. I can only imagine how long it took to plan each of these events, but one of the most important and time-sensitive decisions the couple-to-be needed to make was where they would hold their ceremony and reception.
December is not an uncommon time for women to open up a tiny gift box to find a jeweled question mark. And once the holidays have come and gone, there’s an onslaught of brides pounding the pavement in search of the perfect home for their future event. If you’re someone who just recently got engaged, you’re probably wondering where you go from here. And you might be panicking a bit too.
First things first: take a deep breath. If you follow along with these recommendations, your wedding planning will be smooth as silk. The very first thing you need to do is establish a budget. You won’t make much progress without making this a priority, and you will also save yourself a lot of time and effort by deciding on a dollar amount before beginning your planning. Once you’ve established your budget, you should begin to research and target venues, and then request more information. After parsing through the literature, choose three locations and court them exclusively. Ask more questions, work with their staff on the details and cost, weigh out all of the options, and finally, make your decision.
A lot of brides-to-be don’t realize that the church and reception facility should be the first decisions they make. Yes, even before the dress, ladies. Churches and special events facilities book up many months in advance, and to shield yourself from disappointment, you should be prepared to not get your initial date of choice. Be flexible. Be realistic. Be organized. With these tips, you’ll be a dream bride in body and spirit.