DETERMINE YOUR BUDGET
Who is paying for what? This is the most important step! We know this is not the most glamorous part of wedding planning, but having a clear understanding of your budget as you move forward will make all your planning decisions much easier. In addition to determining your overall budget, have an idea of how much you want to allocate for each aspect of you wedding such as flowers, rentals, photography, and invitations. Don’t forget to consider all of the service charges, taxes, and tips into your budget.
DETERMINE YOUR GUEST COUNT
Discuss a preliminary guest list with both sides of the family. On average, each guest will cost you $250-$500+, depending on the level of detail of your wedding. Keep this in mind as you start thinking about those people you don’t care to invite, but feel like you have to… You should always be prepared to have them show up.
200 guest x $250 per guest = $50,000 budget or
150 guests x $500 per guest = $75,000 budget*
* This does not consider your honeymoon, rehearsal dinner, brunch, or wedding planner
SELECT YOUR VENUES
Now that you have an estimated guest count, this is the best time to start researching ceremony and reception venues that will hold your desired guest count. There are so many wonderful South Florida venues to choose from, one of the best places to start is determine the look and feel you want to have on your wedding day. For example, are looking for a intimate wedding space for 100 guests or are you looking for a grand space for 300 guests? Are you thinking indoor, or outdoor? Church or no church? Downtown or suburbs? Ballroom or industrial loft? Once you have an idea of the look you want, you can start inquiring for availability. As you start to look at venues, consider what all is included with each venue. Some places have packages that include decor items such as upgraded chairs, floor-length linens, and chargers for your table settings. Other places, this will be an added cost. Also, consider how much decor is needed to achieve the look you want. Finally, based on availability of both venues and your desired season, you can pick your wedding date!!
SELECT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER AND VIDEOGRAPHER
Select the most important vendors to you as soon as possible. Why? Because they book up fast! And once they are booked, they are booked. So as soon as you have the date, if the most important aspect of your wedding day is the photographs and you video secure your favorite ones right away.
TRY ON WEDDING DRESSES
Depending on the length of your engagement, you may think you have a lot of time to find a wedding dress. However, typically a wedding dress takes nine to 12 months before your wedding so you actually only have about six months to spare for fittings and alterations. Unless you buy a ready-to-wear dress or a sample gown, most wedding dresses are custom-made and take 4-6 months to come in. Some more custom options may take longer than 6 months to come in. Once your dress arrives, it will need to be altered, usually several times. To avoid the stress of rushed alterations, we recommend you start looking for your dress as soon as you set the date.
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We hope you find these 5 tips helpful. Getting engaged is such an exciting moment in your life and it is one that is meant to be treasured. The last thing you need is to do is stress about the wedding plans, where to start, what to do and who to call. Having a wedding planner to guide you through all of these steps and more will prove to be one of the best investments you make!