There are many different planning aspects that go into planning your own wedding. You cannot forget the little details that go in between all of the larger decision processes. Once you get engaged, you should first set you budget and pick a theme. You and your fiancé should be making these decisions together, so you should be talking through your ideas together and make sure you’re both getting involved!

Once you have talked about your theme together, you should look at your budget and what you envision spending on your special day. One very important thing that you must have when planning a wedding is a folder/notebook containing all of your information about venues, photographers, photos of ideas, etc. so that nothing will get lost. You can keep all of your contacts, contracts, emails, and quotes in one place so that you can access them easier. This will help the closer you get towards the date because most vendors will ask for other vendors contact information so that they can be in contact and on the same page about everything the day of.

Once all of this is taken care of, you can set a date and create a guest list. You should first decide what part of the year you want to get married in, and check with your important family members before you book anything. You need to be very flexible in this process because it is very hard to get the first date you decide at a venue. Most people are booked up until 2020 right now, and 2018 just started.

The next step would be to choose a venue. This is one of the biggest decisions, but it should be the most fun! Once you find one, a lot of things will fall directly into place. When looking at venues, you should always remember that you don’t have to get married in only a home or church, there are plenty of other places to consider! This is another part of the process that needs you and your fiancé to be flexible in the process.

Once you have chosen a venue, the next steps would be to find a photographer, a dress, entertainment, catering and drink, and suppliers. Some things will be harder than others, but if you planned your date far enough in advance, you should have plenty of time to find the perfect people for these jobs in order to make your special day that much better!

Do not let the planning get the best of you, make sure to enjoy it along the way! It is you day, so you need to make sure that you are not just focusing on making other people happy, and you focus more on how to make you and your fiancé happy. Marriage is so exciting and your wedding day should be the best day of your life, but remember what really matters- you will be with the person you love the most for the rest of your life!