Well hey, congratulations if you just got engaged! Now what are you gonna do? Well, let me help. First, you’re gonna need a date to get married. Some couples choose a date that’s important to them and some couples don’t care about the date at all and think the venue is the most important thing and just take whatever date is available still. Without a date everything else is useless….yes even the dress. It may be years before you get married so make that decision first so everything else can start happening. The wedding industry is a funny thing because of the amount of people getting married each year it allows for the growth of many new businesses to come along. The problem is that YOU as a couple will not know that a business is new until you ask or do your research. Putting luck aside for the purpose of this blog, you’ll want to do some research into companies you’re gonna want to spend your day with. Once you figure out a list of what is important to you on your day, you’ll be able to start looking into companies to hire. Again, putting luck aside you’ll want to give yourself some time before the wedding to get all the vendors available on your day and first to book up is the venue. Always, book your venue first. Once you do that, you’ll have a location and a date to tell the other vendors and it will help in your process. If photography is important to you, it comes next on the list. Just remember one thing, no matter how you feel now in life, in 50 years when you’re having a hard time remembering all the details of your special day and how it all began, you’re going to need some good photos to help you out. Long after our time here on earth a photo will remain to pass down to the generations of the family you started on this magical day. No pressure lol. So in order to find a really good photographer within your budget AND available on your date you’re gonna want to do this immediately after booking your venue as some dates book up years in advance. Next on the list comes various things depending on what is important to you but it could be your wedding attire or videography or DJ/host. Wedding attire is usually a hard thing if you’re picky but easy in the sense that what you see is what you get and once you find it there’s nothing more to worry about other then some alterations. Just remember something about clothing, it’s really expensive when it’s “in” fashion and the next season it may be up to 90% off just because the dress store or designer wants to clear them out. Good way to save on a very expensive dress that you may still find amazing! A good videographer is unfortunately very very difficult to find especially within any budget so if this is important to you, the best thing to do is ask around for a referral or maybe someone you’ve met at another wedding you’ve been to. Tip if you’re looking, you want the highest quality video AND audio, look for stock footage too. If you’re looking for a host / DJ the absolute most important thing is gonna be if you like their personality. These guys can make or break a wedding, trust me, I’ve seen it! When you think everything is perfect but you’re not sure why things aren’t running on time, or people aren’t excited around you or why people just won’t do anything other then leave the room or sit at their own table and talk amongst themselves….ya…that’s the DJ /host. Next on the list again could many things depending on your list but from what I’ve experienced I’d say your wedding planners, decor, person marrying you and location is all quite important to handle. Even if you don’t have much in your budget for it a wedding planner or a day of wedding planner can REALLY help relieve some stress. I’ve actually dealt with many great wedding planners and this will also come down to if you mesh well with the person. What I find hard to deal with as a vendor and when I got married myself are the wedding planners provided by the venue. When you compare these two options there really isn’t a comparison. You know what people hate most about weddings? The boring ceremony…which is supposed to be the most important right? So no matter what your beliefs are make sure you find someone special that can keep the crowd awake, it’ll help you feel less like the center of attention and relieve some anxiety. After you accomplish these things the rest is up to you. Some things may book up quickly offering niche products or services so be careful when you’re thinking about what to have be part of your day. Other services and products such as cakes, fireworks, transportation etc. are always on the mind but don’t really book up that far in advance and can usually wait. A tip for any service or product you wanna get for your wedding…….MEET IN PERSON with the company and do your research so you’re not just throwing the money out the window cause we all know how quickly a wedding can add up. So spend the money on the right things that are important to you and forget the rest.