I would recommend watching Jamie Wolfer's videos on Youtube, she has A LOT of content depending on what you're looking for. Basics would definitely be budget, and start looking into venues as they tend to book up quickly! especially if you have a specific date in mind, and then of course your dress, as alterations can take a while.
Congrats on your engagement! I have to say wedding wire was a big help with articles and all the vendors. When we started to plan we actually started with venue. I knew it was going to be the most money that we were going to spend on it. Depending on what you are looking for. Once we knew our venue we were better off making the rest of the budget. Good luck with the planning and remember to have fun
I would start with a budget number. How much money can you comfortably put towards and part with for your event? This number will more of less drive the majority of your decision making.
Once you have a budget figure, set half of that for your reception. This number will help you figure out venue, guest count, type of food, etc. Adjust accordingly based on your needs. For ex. savings from not using a hall can boost food budget if you use a restaurant. Or if you need to invite more people but can't afford additional funds, consider lower cost food options like hors d'oeuvres and cocktails.
Then you can use your other 50% and prioritize your event needs. Again, adjust accordingly. If you don't care for amazing photography, then you can hire someone more green with lower costs while putting what you save towards something you absolutely must have like a DJ, entertainment, or decor.
Once you have this mapped out, start venue shopping and look for spaces that can meet your needs. Things to consider are venue size, how furnished it is, minimum headcount vs minimum spend etc.
Planning process has lots to do and can be done one at a time with the help of WW Checklist. This list will guide you through the months and what needs to be done, then marked off knowing its completed. Build your vendor team one by one and then work on the small item list to know what your décor and style is to work towards.
Start by booking your venue knowing your guest list count to get an idea of how much you want to set your budget.
Coming to the topic of budget, WW Budget is also a great tool to use to set all your budgets and payments to see your actual and estimated costs. It helped me a lot rather than having to do it manually by hand.
I got engaged in May 2019 and we are getting married on August 15th. I found that figuring out a budget was a good place to start, but then my fiance and I sat down and decided what was most important to us vendor wise. For me it was the photography but for him it was the DJ because he is a music lover. So we made sure that we researched those vendors and booked them first to ensure that we got the ones we really wanted. Vendors book up fast, especially for spring/summer weddings. For example, my #1 choice for photographer was booked two years in advance, that being said we found a really good photographer and she's really personable which is even better. So overall, not upset
Congrats on the engagement and welcome to the ww community!
It's a lot at first - but it gets easier/better!!!
When I got engaged we started with picking the year, season, and budget. After that we went venue shopping. I would start there and see if you can get an all-in-one place or if it would be better to go somewhere that you bring outside catering in.
Sit down and figure out roughly how many people you want to invite and how much you have to spend.
I also found it really helpful to talk about what each of us needed on our wedding day and what we could live without. We agreed that a photographer was important but that we didn't need to do a sit down meal. From there we started looking at the important vendors (venue and photographer) with the size of our wedding and our budget in mind.
Use your friends who have gone through wedding planning before like bride or bridesmaid. This app has been a Godsend and the feedback from the groups has been really good (thx friends!)
Follow the checklist and breathe. The first thing I did was look at how many we wanted to invite, set a date and confirm a venue. The rest goes from there with the check list they provide you on the site. Good luck! And congrats!
I found it helpful to do a mock guest list to start off so you know how many people approximately you’ll be inviting and then make a budget. From there start researching venues that fit your occupancy and budget requirements.
I think it's normal to feel a bit overwhelmed at first. You still have time!
I don't know how much you have planned if anything at all. Personally I think you should begin with your budget & list of people you want to invite if you haven't done so; but that is just my opinion. Once you know how much you are willing/able to spend you can pick venue or even splurge on a planner, and then everything else is easier to book once your venue is booked. Just do your research on vendors and look for reviews.
I watched a lot of youtube videos when I started planning and found them helpful! Breathe! this is so much fun enjoy and congrats!