Kick off envisioning your wedding by finding ideas to identify your “wedding style” and color palette.
Start with Pinterest, bridal blogs, magazines, and conversations with friends.
Establish your budget and top wedding priorities. Where can you save and where do you want to splurge? For tips,
check out our Budget Hub.
Identify your wedding planning “team”, whether it’s your best friends, mom or a wedding consultant.
Decide if you want to have a destination wedding (and where).
Begin a preliminary guest list and select your wedding party — who do you want to stand up and speak during your
Pick a range of potential wedding dates and confirm that these work for your most important guests.
Explore ceremony and reception sites, make the “where will I have my wedding?” decision, and book your date. This
important decision needs to be made early on and will inform a number of your future choices.
Consider whether you want an engagement party and whether you’d like to register for gifts before it.
Begin envisioning your wedding as you make the detailed decisions:
Type of reception food
Type of entertainment (DJ? Band?)
Type of floral décor
Type of photographer/videographer
Accommodations for out-of-town guests
Register for gifts.
Contact rental companies if needed for your ceremony or reception (i.e., chairs, tables, tent).
Consider getting a wedding insurance policy to protect your deposits.
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