You’re engaged, now let the planning begin! It seems that as soon as you put that engagement ring around your finger, everyone starts asking you, “Did you set a date?” “Where are you thinking about getting married?” “Which venue are you thinking about for the reception?” As I go through the early stages of planning my own wedding, I know how overwhelming this may be, especially since your just trying to wrap your head around the thought of getting married! In my search for things, I have come across a guide for planning from totallyloveit.com, which is Wedding Inspiration Pictureperfect for alleviating some of that initial stress you had about planning!

What to Do 9-12+ Months Before Your Wedding

Set a Date

This is the biggest decision you are going to make in wedding planning because everything else revolves around this. There are a lot of questions that you have to ask yourself when setting a date, such as do I want an outdoor or indoor wedding? Do I want to get married during the holidays or celebrate my marriage on New Years’ Eve? What type of weather might I expect for the date I set? Is there any date in particular that is special to my fiancé and I? Lastly, is there any date that I might not see the best turnout? These are all questions that will help you set the perfect date for the perfect day!

Reserve the Church / Officiant

If you are planning to get married in a church, it is important to put a hold on it as soon as you set a date. Even if you’re not getting married in a church but would like a certain person to officiate your wedding, make sure to ask them right away. Just like other things in wedding planning, and especially in my experience everyone else is planning their wedding too, and even if you think you picked a date that might not be that popular, you might want to think again.

Set a Budget

I say set a budget first (before looking for a venue), because you want to know what you have to work with when looking for wedding venues. Some may be more expensive than others and it’s important to know what you can afford before reserving the hall and putting a down payment on it.

Search for a Wedding Venue

Once you have the budget set, start searching for a wedding venue. It is a good idea to have a guestimate of how many people you will be inviting to your wedding. It is also a good idea to decide on a city location of where you would like the venue. If you don’t want your guests to drive far, then keep it close to the ceremony location. I know when searching for my venue, because I knew I would have a large amount of guests and narrowed down the location I wanted to stay in, it made the decision much easier. Also, if you are stuck between two venues, most places offer taste testing, so try their food and see which menu you like best! Just like a church, it is extremely important to start searching and booking or at least putting a hold on your venue because these will go quickly as well (I know from experience).

Lock Down Your Wedding Party

Decide who you want to stand next to you on your special day! Who is going to be your maid of honor or best man? Who are your bridesmaids or groomsmen? Ask them as soon as you know so they don’t make any plans in advance to not be around on your wedding day.

Start a Wedding Folder or Pinterest Board

Last, but certainly not least when you start planning your wedding, Have a place where you can hold onto all of your ideas. Pinterest has been my best friend for the last couple of weeks and I find that our Pinterest page (you can view our Pinterest page here) is a big help when looking for wedding colors, dress styles, hair styles, decorations, and how to get into wedding dress shape!

I’m obviously not done with wedding planning just after these few things and still have a ways to go, but I wanted to share with you some things that will give you a good foundation for planning the rest of your wedding, and will be keeping you updated along the way about my experience wedding planning and what my next steps are! If you have any questions about picking out the perfect wedding ring, contact our Eco Diamond Experts who are always happy to help! Happy Planning!