Congratulations on your engagement- this is such an exciting time for you two! We, at Hazel and Bloom Events, are here to help. I bet you have googled a million different options for your upcoming wedding and you are wondering what the next steps are… I completely understand your uncertainty about what to do next- which is why I’ve come up with the next step for you to do.
First things first, grab your choice of beverage (mine is some delicious red wine) some pen and paper -or write on a shared note on your phone- and that fiance of yours and take a night to go over the three p’s to start.. Be mindful that there is no order of priority, since they go hand-in-hand when wedding planning. What are the three p’s you ask??
Priorities, People and Price!
LET’S GET STARTED..
Ohhhh money! If you are anything like me, budgeting is my least favorite thing to do when it comes to big events but it is NECESSARY! If you have done any sort of research on what an average wedding cost or anything along the lines of average cost spent per vendor, I bet you are SHOCKED. The wedding industry continues to grow every year and that means cost increase. Don’t worry!
As one of our clients, we have already chatted about the budget during our onboarding meeting, if we haven’t then now is a great time to gather all the information that you will need for our onboarding budget chat.
Your budget will help shape your priorities and your maximum number of guests. If a band is one of those priorities that you and your fiance have selected as equally important, then your budget will shift around that and many other things. This is also a great time to chat about any type of financial support that you will be receiving from family, if applicable.
Lastly, try not to go into too much depth per category. Pricing for vendors is based on location, experience and so much more. Just come up with a maximum amount you can spend on the wedding with a little wiggle room and let your wedding planner do the rest.
We have a budget breakdown for each one of you to have, but here are a few other sites that will help you get a good idea. Keep in mind these are average budget percentages across the United States. I believe all budgets are customized per couple and location.
Who should you invite and how to stay organized with your guest list?
Welcome to your first potential conflict in wedding planning. If your family is anything like mine, we know too many people. Here are a couple of ways that will make this process stressfree and fun:
*If at any point you have a conflict with the invited guest list, contact your wedding planner on how to handle it. We have heard about every argument out there when it comes to wedding planning.
There you go! Priorities, Price, and People are the first topics of conversation to start the planning process. I believe that they are all intertwined and you can’t discuss one without the other. Just like you can’t have your margarita without the tequila, lime and salt!
Enjoy the planning together and stay tuned for your next step.
Hazel and Bloom Events
Side Note:: As a bride and wedding planner, I have decided to write a few blogs that will help you in the process. Stayed tuned for more tidbits of wedding planning.