We're coming out of engagement season and you may not know where to start!

As we head into a new year I'm here to help my lovely newly engaged friends know more about what to prepare for for your wedding. Your wedding day isn't supposed to be full of stress and anxiety, so knowing what to expect can help ease those worries. Read below for some things you may want to remember when planning your wedding.

  • First things first, what should you book first? Getting the big stuff taken care of first will take a load off your shoulders and make the rest of the planning process a breeze. In no particular order, you should book your venue, planner/coordinator, and photographer/videographer first. These are three main things that will help your big day run as smoothly as possible!
  • Remember to take time for you and your significant other. Dream up your big day before booking anything. Talk about your budget and what's most important to you and base your decisions off of that, no one else's!
  • It's cheaper to book a venue on a weekday, and typically venues have lower rates for Sundays too!
  • Having a planner or coordinator may not seem like such a big deal, but I'm here to tell you it can be crucial to your wedding day. After a few years of experience at weddings I've learned one thing, families and people close to you are more likely to listen to someone who is not also family or a close friend. Planners and coordinators know exactly what you need for your big day, and they will be your biggest advocate for making sure it turns out exactly how you envisioned it. Let them do the brunt work for you!
  • Use a wedding website for people to RSVP and get all the details from. It's much easier than putting all of the details on an invite as well as trying to keep track of RSVPs through the mail. A lot of wedding websites have sections for your beautiful engagement photos, a place to RSVP and links to your registry. You can still send a paper invite or choose to send everyone the link instead! I recommend using Zola's wedding website!
  • Lastly, remember that it's about you and no one else. Invite who you want. Get married where you want. Celebrate you and your significant other in whatever way you want. At the end of the day, all that matters is your love.

There's all types of advice and opinions that come with wedding planning, but it's truthfully all up to you. What you want is most important. Soak in all the little moments of being engaged and enjoy the process! You more than likely only get to do this once, so stay true to yourself and it will all fall into place.