Newly Engaged? These Are the First Steps to Planning Your Wedding

Organizing a wedding is an exciting process, but at times it can feel overwhelming. The best way to handle the stress is to just take it step by step. Don’t just try to organize every detail of the event at once. Don’t forget to enjoy the process of organizing what will most likely be one of the best days of your life. An effective way to prepare is to divide the early-stage planning into these five steps.

1. Make the Announcement

The first step, of course, is to spread the news! You can do this in a variety of creative ways. Whether you spread the joyous news over social media or send out printed announcements make sure to tell your closest relatives and dearest friends first. Most times, the parents or family members that will host the wedding should make the formal announcement.

2. Choose the Date

Shortly after the announcement, the next step will be to set a date for the wedding. It is usually a good idea to have several different dates in mind, just in case the wedding venue of your choice is unavailable on your first date. Planning the wedding in an off-season may be a good move for money-conscious individuals; as it will help you save on the venue and possibly vendors as well.

3. Create Your Budget

Your available budget will determine many of the later details, so you should establish this as early in the process as possible. Talk with the parents of each party about how much they are planning to contribute, and then decide how much you and your fiance would like to add to that fund.

4. Making a Guest List

Now that your budget is set, you can start to think about how many people you will need to accommodate. Build this list carefully, it is easy to go well above the limit of your spending allowance. Keep in mind that you can always throw a more informal party for friends when you get back from your honeymoon.

5. Selecting the Venue

The wedding venue may be the most important factor to consider. The venue you choose will be more than just a backdrop. Ideally, you will find a venue that is unique and makes the day feel as special as you always dreamed, but still fits nicely within your budget. Sandstone Vineyards is Boise’s premier Locally Owned & Operated Indoor/Outdoor Vineyard Venue located in the picturesque Treasure Valley offering a romantic setting for one of the most special days of your life.

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