If you are a groom-to-be reading this post right now, congratulations! You have come to the right place.
Asking the ‘big’ question to her is challenging enough – it could have cost you a bunch of sleepless nights, what-ifs, several rehearsals in front of the bathroom mirror, asking your intimate friends for advice, and so on. Now that she finally said yes, it is time to take your word into action!
Below is the ultimate groom’s guide list that will help you know the next step towards wedding planning.
1. Let everybody know the great news.
Now that she finally said yes, it is time to have the ‘talk’ with both families. This conversation informs everyone in the family about your intention of a wedding. Apart from that, this talk discusses your possible plans on where and how to settle as a couple, as well as the wedding budget.
Take note, however, that although the wedding budget can be a sensitive discussion, it is safe to just come up with an approximate working budget that can change as the preparation goes along. Deciding over a budget is a great determinant to the next steps that you are about to make for your wedding – the venue, date, guest list, wedding favors, and so on. In short, it all starts from your wedding budget.
2. Set the date! After breaking out the big news and deciding over a budget, the next decision to make is the wedding date. The wedding date is a pre-cursor to the overall timeline of the wedding preparation. It gives you an idea of how much time you have to make all the wedding errands too. Generally, it takes almost a year of preparation for a well-thought-out wedding celebration.
3. Hire a wedding planner.
Now that you have a wedding date already, it is now time to scout for the best wedding planner in town. Some couples even opt to hire a wedding planner as early as one week after the proposal. The rule of thumb is the earlier you get professional help, the greater the chance to execute the wedding preparation smoothly.
Hiring a wedding planner saves you from all the unnecessary stress – from the sudden change of plans, negotiation with vendors and suppliers, setting up appointments with the couturiers, venue coordinators, ocular venue inspection, sending out wedding invites, and the list goes on.
Think of your wedding planner as a one-stop-shop for all your wedding needs – from planning, negotiating, organizing the schedules, appointments, and event planning for your post-wedding celebration and honeymoon. Your wedding planner is also your creative director in terms of the most distinct and fresh ideas for a wedding theme and style. To cut the chase, hiring a professional and reliable wedding planner for the first weeks of your wedding preparation will make the tasks less overwhelming and more bearable to conquer.
4. Scout for the reception venue
After careful considerations have been made, scouting for a reception venue with your wedding planner is the best next move to make. In some cases, the availability of a venue can greatly affect or influence your preferred wedding date. There are even couples who are willing to adjust the date of their wedding just so they could reserve a date for a particular venue. In any case, it is best to consult with your wedding planner as she/he has a lot of venue ideas that would also suit your wedding theme and preferences.
Read: What To Consider When Choosing A Wedding Venue
This brief and concise groom’s guide list is meant to give you a grasp of how to manage the first few weeks of your wedding preparation. While it is inevitable to feel overwhelmed with huge tasks and major decisions to make ahead, the best choice regardless is to hire a reliable wedding planner that is capable of coming up with a timeline for the whole preparation journey.
The right wedding planner brings to the table a myriad of trusted wedding vendors and suppliers, is especially gifted in crafting diverse wedding themes and ideas across different cultures and settings, and has the experience of working under pressure.
If you and your fiance are hyper-busy individuals, all the more you should consider hiring a wedding planner sooner than later.
Mimi Ebichi Events specializes in the craftsmanship and wonders of planning, organizing, and executing well-laid-out wedding celebrations. We put value in our commitment to deliver outstanding results to satisfy the needs of our clients. While there is no such thing as an actual perfect wedding, we make sure to give back beyond the trust and investment you put in making us part of your big day.