You said YES! Now what? Top five tips to get you started

Your love proposed and you said YES! Congratulations!
Take some time to enjoy your awesome news, you deserve it!

But don’t take too long… 😉

Planning a wedding is soooo exciting, but it can be overwhelming if you aren’t prepared. Even small weddings have their related stress. But don’t worry! We are here to help. Below are the top five priorities to set into place as soon as you and your partner have set that wonderful date!

1. Venue

Whatever your dream wedding venue is (and we know you probably already have an idea in mind!), for both the ceremony and reception area, should be your first priority. Give yourself at least a month to look around and see what fits your vision. Also, always keep in mind that some popular venues in your area may be booked up to two years in advance!

So, choose your wedding date wisely and give yourself plenty of wiggle room in case your desired locations are booked. Try and reserve the venue at least one year ahead. And, if you happen to be a local bride, be sure and check out our picks for the “Top 5 New England Wedding Venues.”

2. Bridal Party

Choosing who is going to be in your bridal party should be second on your list. This makes way for selecting the perfect bridesmaid dresses, gifts, and more. Choose your squad at least nine months in advance so that your gals can reserve that date and be fully prepared! 

3. Wedding Dress & Bridesmaid Dresses

So many dresses, so little time! This is so true, ladies! Brides need to start shopping for their wedding gown at least nine months, even a year, before the wedding. Finding your dream dress is so much fun, but you don’t want to rush perfection, right? And, once you find “the one,” chances are you will need to order it, and of course it will take some time to arrive. 

Finally, save a window of time for alterations! The same rules apply for bridesmaid dresses. Don’t forget, our VOWS experts can help you find both your dream wedding dress AND your bridesmaids dresses in one place!

4. Photographer

Popular wedding photographers can be booked solid up to a year in advance–some even longer! Start this process right away! It is always a good idea to use a photographer you know or that someone you know has used. 

What would be worse than having less than stellar shots to show off and cherish for years to come?

5. Caterer

Many couples overlook or underestimate how long it will take to find the right caterer for them. If you don’t already have one in mind, you will need to do some research, go to tastings, weigh your budget, and still manage to reserve the caterer at least six months prior to the big day. It’s a tasty job, and someone has to do it!