You’re engaged, and now the whole world knows it. You’ve even taken the first step in planning, and booked the wedding venue of your dreams. But now what? There are seemingly countless steps necessary to take before you can walk down the aisle to the man of your dreams. Fortunately, the first few are not as hard as they may seem, particularly if you have some wedding professionals on your side. And lucky you, you do! At Texas Old Town we love helping our brides plan their dream weddings, by offering a convenient payment plan, providing a generous number of hours on-site, and recommending local vendors we’d hire for our own weddings. But we also love helping all brides by doling out some hard-earned advice, including some tips that can make wedding planning feel more like smooth sailing than a cold sweat!
Set Your Guest List
If you didn’t already set a target guest list number, before securing a wedding venue, now is the time to do it, as this will affect most of your other decisions. From how many plates you’ll need to purchase from the caterer, to just how tall your wedding cake should be, having a firm (or mostly firm) number of invitees going into the rest of planning is pretty imperative.
And be sure that number doesn’t exceed the capacity of your venue! Fire codes are strict, and with good reason, so don’t over invite.
Square Away Your Bridal Party Details
Even before sending invitations to the rest of your guest list, be sure your VIPs know who they are and what is expected of them. If you expect your Maid of Honor to fly in three days before the wedding to help with last-minute details (and moral support, obviously) the sooner you can let her know the better. This gives everyone plenty of time to take ample time off work and to arrange transportation plans.
And it also gives the girls plenty of time to order and alter their bridesmaids’ dresses, which can take much longer than you might initially think. Don’t cut it too close. (Pun intended.) Instead send out cute notecards or phone up your besties shortly after your engagement to let them know you’d be honored to have them by your side on your big day.
Hire Other Vendors
Once you’ve locked down your venue, guest list and VIPs, it’s time to start hiring other vendors. Most brides choose their photographer next, as this will be another major (but worthwhile) expense. And while you’re researching photographers, don’t forget to schedule an engagement session!
If you and your groom are more excited about the food or music, than anything else, make those priorities, as well. And even if your groom isn’t super interested in the planning process, make sure he feels heard and represented, by finding out what he does care about, whether it’s the groom’s cake or the first dance, and taking his input to heart. It can do wonders for his morale leading up to the “I do’s.”