Congratulations! The love of your life has popped the question and you said yes!!!
By now you are rocking your ring with the fresh mani, and you have purchased every bridal magazine ever published in search for wedding day inspiration.
So how do you transform all of your thoughts, emotions, and visual guides into the most memorable day of your life…
Here is a couple of things to think about as you embark on your new journey.
1) After becoming engaged you will need to notify both families starting with both sets of parents.
2) You will then need to establish what financial contributions you will be receiving from both families if any. I suggest you have the money conversation with each set of parents separately so that everyone is comfortable.
a. You will need to determine the amount of money each set of parents will be contributing
b. Which set of vendors will each set of parents will be responsible for paying .. i.e. Caterer, Florist, Photographer, etc.
3) If you & your fiance will be paying for your wedding then you will need to establish a wedding budget. This is the most common method of wedding day financing.
4) You will also need to decide if you will be hiring a planner. Although many view the services of a planner as an extra expense, a good planner can save you time, money, and tears. The planner will can assist with establishing and maintaining your wedding budget, finding quality vendors, and removing stress from you life. Most importantly they work with your best interest in mind.
As you embark on planning your wedding please remember that wedding industry is just that an industry. Although you are planning for the most memorable moment of your life the vendors that you will be dealing with are making a living. You may run across some people that don’t have your best interest at heart. Although this is your wedding and you are envisioning the perfect day, you need to be knowledgeable of the business side of planning your wedding or at least hire someone to help. If a full service package isn't in your budget, then inquire about partial, day of, or a la Carte Services.
We hope this gets you started with planning Your Big Day.
Ingrid Williams & Joycelyn Williams
Your Big Day Event & Party Planning
Creating Events That Last A Lifetime