Congratulations! You have a beautiful ring on your left hand and fabulous fiance, but now what? After you come down from cloud nine it starts to set in that you actually have to start planning! Figuring out where to start can sometimes be the hardest part. But don't worry, we have listed the most important things to plan and consider directly following your engagement!
Creating a guest list can be incredibly difficult, especially when you have friends and relatives pushing you to invite certain people to the big day. Just remember, guest count impacts the budget! The more guests you invite, the more money you will be spending on catering/bar/rentals/etc. Sit down with a glass of wine and make an A and B list to help you narrow it down. The A list are the people who absolutely have to be there, including immediate family and close friends. The B list are the people you would like to have there if possible.
Tip: Remember to be fair when you, your fiance, and parents are discussing the amount of people each of you can invite. One rule of thumb is 50% of the guest list is given to the bride + groom, the remainder is divided equally between each set of parents.
Decide on your Wedding Budget
This budget number will impact your wedding day plans from start to finish. It is the determining factor when selecting vendors and creating your wedding vision. When contemplating the wedding budget, be realistic, remember that Charleston is a destination wedding city and always consider your guest count. Decide which things will be included in your budget and rank their importance to you and your fiance.
Tip: Think about getting married on a weekday, Friday, or Sunday! While this might seem crazy, it's totally normal, and definitely helps with reducing costs.
It's time to start sifting through that "Dream Wedding" Pinterest board! Begin to look at all of your ideas and narrow them down to the things you absolutely love. We're not saying you need to have your exact design nailed down, but have some idea of the color palette and style that you are in love with. This should be easy, it's the fun part!
Tip: Try to choose 3 pictures from your Pinterest board that reflect the overall style that you are looking to achieve on the big day!
Choosing the Venue
Lastly, start looking around at venues! Since Charleston is a destination wedding city, venues are the first thing to book up! Decide what kind of style venue you are looking for as well as location. Once you've found your dream venue, lock in a date to secure the space.
Tip:Check out our favorite venues in the area here!
Congratulations, you've taken the first step! With all of this in mind, you will be able to select the vendors that best fit with your style and budget.