Congratulations! Now that you’re engaged, it’s time to start planning your wedding!
There’s an endless stream of wedding advice that you can find online – but few guides give you the inside track on ways to save and perfect your wedding day vision. Below, I’ve put together some simple wedding planning tips to help ease the pre-wedding planning jitters & help you to build the day of a lifetime. We’ll dig deep into everything wedding – from wedding timeline tips to wedding financial help tips to make your day perfect on a budget.
Read on to learn everything you need to know about planning the 2023 wedding of your dreams!
Looking to plan your wedding in 2023? Whether you’re a destination bride or planning an intimate elopement, these wedding day tips are designed to give you the best big day possible.
You’re engaged – and there isn’t a second to waste! There is no better time to start the ball rolling. After you buy your 2023 wedding planner, you’ll want to be thinking about your wedding day timeline. Every bride has a different amount of time between the present day and her walk down the aisle – which is why a wedding planning timeline is one of the first wedding tasks you should consider starting.
Basically, your timeline breaks down exactly what needs to be done and when, helping give you confidence that all the little details are taken care of.
Below is an example to get you started – but feel free to change this to suit your needs and personal timeline.
*By the way – this outline is meant to be basic. Your wedding day may be even more complex or have more moving parts. That’s OK, and that’s where a wedding planner can help you to keep everything straight!
Setting a realistic wedding budget is the most important detail that will help launch you into planning mode. The average cost for a traditional 2023 wedding ceremony is around $30k, but it is entirely up to the individual couple in what kind of wedding they want to have & how much they want to spend.
Whether you decide to have a destination wedding or a small, intimate gathering, be confident in your choice and take charge of your planning process with an accurate wedding budget.
Below, I’ve listed some traditional budget guidelines associated with planning a wedding ceremony. Depending on your personal touches, percentages can be adjusted to fit your needs.
5% of budget: Goes to ceremony costs
5% of budget: Covers invitations, stamps, and guest details (like favors)
10% of budget: Pays for your bridal accessories
10% of budget: Covers photography and videography (and gives you memories for a lifetime!)
10% of budget: Provides musical entertainment for the big day
10% of budget: Pays for your beautiful flowers and decorations
10% of budget: Covers your wedding dress & groom’s attire
50% of budget: Covers the reception & ceremony space and food/dessert
**Same here – these are rough estimates. Purchasing a wedding planner and tracking your purchases as you go is a great way to watch your vision come to life!
Finding the perfect space to host your wedding and reception is seriously magical. After all – you’ll hold this place in your memories forever! The first step in finding somewhere special is knowing how many guests will be invited to the big event. Your budget will likely inform your guest count, so be sure to connect with your partner and determine what works for your day!
Consider reserving the venue 12 months before the wedding date for best results. Taking notes on items included in the contract (tables, chairs, linens, decorations) will help you prepare for the extra expenses that might be needed. If you’re on a budget, you may also save money by choosing a weekday or “off-season” day for your wedding.
Once you have decided where you’ll be saying “I do,” it’s time to plan the details. Determining the overall vibe of your day will help align you with the perfect vendors of choice. Questions to ask include:
Making a list of these types of questions helps you to truly perfect your big day & get ahead on booking your vendors.
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