You are engaged and it is time to begin your wedding planning. Stop and take a deep breath before you become overwhelmed with the planning details. You must be organized. The first thing you need to do is map out a budget with your groom. List all the items and expenses. After you have everything accounted for; shift around the money so it fits your personal preferences. You may care more about your floral arrangements than the cake. Move things around for your custom wedding day plans.
The biggest hurdle to wedding planning is finding a venue. After you choose a location and book a date, the wedding has a deadline. Choose your venue wisely. This is the most expense bill of the wedding. Shop smart and go over all your options before you sign anything. Before choosing, you need your budget and rough guest list. Aside from aesthetics, these will be factors in determining where the perfect spot will be.
Take the time to find the perfect venue for your wedding. There is no turning back after you have made a formal commitment. There are hidden treasures all over town. There may be a beautiful historic building that would be perfect for your reception. Or a family friend may offer to host your reception on their property. Consider everything. You may be surprised by what you find by doing the leg work yourself.
While you are planning your wedding, it is important not to be overwhelmed. The expenses and deadlines can be very stressful. Try not to devote every extra minute of your time to wedding plans. Your friends may not want to talk about how the flowers match the details of the bridesmaid dresses. Take a breath and walk away every once in a while. In order to stay sane, ask your good friends for help. Having another perspective can take the pressure off when you are making expensive decisions.