Planning a wedding can be a daunting task. I’ve broken it down into easily digestible buckets.
What do y’all want: Step 1 is sitting down with your partner to talk through what you both want for the day. Once the two of you are on the same page (Summer/Winter, Small/Large, Casual/Formal, Local/Destination, little details that really matter to each of you), it’s a great idea to paint the picture for your parents early on in the process.
Budget: Once you’ve established how much you, your partner and/or parents are willing to spend on this party – create your budget. The Knot App has a great Budget tool, enter in your overall number and it will breakdown what you should spend withing each category (i.e. Food and Beverage, Band/DJ, Photographer, Transportation, etc).
Project Management: At the end of the day, you’re throwing a party for ~150-250 people. There are a lot of details for you to manage, so find what works best for you. I made a detailed Spreadsheet that included our timeline, to-do lists and responsibilities. May be a little too hard-core, but it’s the only thing that kept me sane throughout the process. (If you want to see a template, I’m happy to share!)
Timeline: The Knot App will build out a timeline from the day you get engaged until you walk down the aisle. Use this as a rule of thumb, to know when to look for your dress or lock down a vendor.
Vision/Theme: This isn’t a 1-year-old’s birthday party – so you don’t need a true theme. For better or worse, it is a common question you’ll get from friends/family/vendors. Try coming up with an elevator pitch to help paint your “vision” without showing someone 400 pins on your Pinterest Board.
Try pulling a few of your favorite images that convey the look y’all are going for and use it as your “Vision Board” to share with your parents and soon-to-be-in-laws. I’ve always found images can tell the story better.
Do what you like: Figure out the part of wedding planning that you like, and focus your time on that.
If you’re into music, spend time curating your playlists/music vibe for the day. You’re fashion-forward, focus on everyone’s attire.
Hi I’m Sarah, and I love crafting. So I spent a great deal of time focusing on ways that we could personalize our wedding without making it feel like you stepped into a Craft Fair.
Do what you like, and hire the rest out: If you hate planning or aren’t detail oriented, it’s in your best interest to hire a wedding planner. This is all good to realize in the early stages of planning, since you may need to reallocate your budget.
This isn’t all about you: As much as this day is about your love and relationship – its also about your families coming together.
What did you use to help plan your wedding??
The Knot App – This app will provide you with your wedding website, build out your budget, help keep you on track with a timeline, maintain a list of your vendor contact information and so much more.
The Knot Planning Book – This book, along with the app, are the two ite
The Bride’s Essential Book of Lists – This book, Will help guide you through questions for vendors, remind you of things you didn’t think of and everything in between.