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12 Months (or more) Before Your Big Day

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When your partner pops the question, it’s time to start planning. Most people are engaged for just over a year and this will give you enough time to plan the wedding of your dreams. We recommend starting things off with an engagement party and that the first vendor you contact is your reception venue. Plan on!

Engagement Party
An engagement party is an opportunity to celebrate the beginning of your journey from dating to married. While not mandatory, it can be a fun excuse to get together with friends and family. And of course, you can show off your ring!
Sit down with your partner and have a frank discussion about budgeting for your big day. If family is helping with wedding expenses, include them in this conversation so that everyone is on the same page. Once you have a budget you will be able to better decide how to allocate it. You can use our budget planner to help!
Choosing your wedding party is a big step. Your wedding party will be there before, during, and after the big day to help with planning and keeping you sane. It is best to ask your wedding party to be in your wedding early on in the planning process so that they can make sure they can prepare. Read our helpful blog on choosing your wedding party if you need help to decide who to include.
Create Your Guest List
The number of guests that you have at your wedding will most likely be your most significant expense. Based on where you want to get married, how many friends and family you have, and the type of wedding you want, you should be able to create a guest list. If you have your heart set on a venue, then when you're creating your guest list make sure to know their capacity.
Set the Date
When you set a date, we highly recommend having a date range that would work best. Having a range of dates and times you like will make finding a venue a lot easier - especially if you want to get married during wedding season (late spring to early fall). If you do have a specific date you want to get married on, you may have to compromise on your venue or the year you get married. No matter what date you get married on, it will be special to you for the rest of your life.
Your venue will be the backdrop for your big day. Some couples will get married at their venue, while others will get married at a ceremony venue before going to the reception. Booking your venue early will ensure you get the spot you want and the date you want. Popular wedding venues book up fast so we recommend doing this at least one year in advance if possible.
Photographers are one of the first vendors that you will book for your wedding (outside of the venue). You will want to get in touch with them as soon as you have a date and location, as they great photographers can fill up fast. Another great aspect of booking early is that you can have a beautiful engagement photoshoot!

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