You’re engaged; congratulations! And now that your man has finally put a ring on it, it’s time for the fun part to begin. You get to start planning the biggest and best day of your life. The excitement of planning such a big event can either delight or frighten you, though, depending on your approach. Luckily knowing which big decisions need to be made early on can help make the entire process much smoother and far less stressful, so you can actually enjoy the journey you will take planning for, and then getting to, the altar!
Choose This Day Where You Will Wed
First things first, immediately after setting a wedding budget, you and your groom need to settle on where you’ll wed, and when. Whether you choose to marry in the chapel where your grandparents got married 60 years ago, or at a location significant to the two of you, it’s important to choose a location early, since wedding venues frequently book quickly, especially in peak seasons such as spring, early summer, and October.
It’s also important to choose a venue early since your save-the-dates should be mailed out at least six months prior to your big day. This means you’ll need an address by then, if not sooner. If you’re hosting a destination wedding, consider mailing invites out a month or two earlier than usual, to give your guests ample time to plan their travels.
Picking a Date and Venue That Are a Match Made in Heaven
When choosing a wedding venue, it’s important to let the time of year you want to wed play a key role. Otherwise, you may be sad to find that your perfect outdoor venue is a muddy mess in May, or far too frigid to enjoy on your January wedding day.
One of the best options for many brides, especially those getting married in unpredictable climates, is to choose a wedding venue that has both an outdoor and indoor setting, so that come rain or shine, you will know you’ll have a beautiful space in which to wed.