Wedding Day Planning | Guest Blogger Confetti & Co
Good morning friends! Today my lovely friend Kendra, Owner and Lead Planner at Confetti & Co is going to shed some light on planning your big day! If you are newly engaged or still early in the planning process, then this post is for you! Enjoy! -Jess
Hi! My name is Kendra and I am the owner and head planner of Confetti and Co. I love animals and beaches and drinks with tiny umbrellas. I love crafting and refinishing furniture and I LOVE surprises. But I think what I love most is seeing the beaming faces of happy couples on their wedding day!
However before you can enjoy your special day, first you have to plan the whole thing. This can be a little overwhelming, but today I’m here to help you navigate some of those big impossible decisions!
So, first things first!
In order to set your date, you need to book your venue. As tempting as it is to tell yourself “we are getting married on THIS day”, until you have your venue contract signed, sealed and delivered, that date might not be yours. If you are (at least a little) flexible on the date you are much more likely to get your dream venue! Many venues book up more than a year in advance, so this should be the first thing you do when you get engaged.
Once you have your date and venue set, now it’s time to book your photographer! Photographers also book about a year in advance, so you should get this ball rollin’ as soon as possible. Your wedding photos will adorn your walls for years to come, so when putting together your budget make sure you put the photographer right near the top!
If you are working with a wedding planner, it’s never too early to get them involved! Whether you are hoping for help with style, design and booking vendors or someone to take care of your “Day-Of Coordination” - having an experience pro in your corner is always a good idea!
Next you’ll want to reach out to florists and a decorator! When chatting with your florist it’s best to have an open mind - many flowers are only in season for a few months at a time, so you can save yourselves some serious cash if you don’t want specific flowers.
From here you should hire an officiant and book your wedding day transportation! It’s also a good idea to hire your band or DJ around the 7-months-out timeline.
About six months before the big day, you should start shopping for bridesmaids dresses, suits and your wedding dress! I always recommend waiting until closer to your date for this so that you don’t change your mind. While you’re out and about shopping, keep your eyes peeled for wedding bands. It’s not uncommon for it to take 8-12 weeks for the bands to be sized, so don’t procrastinate on this one!
When you’re three months out you can head into your local City Hall to pick up your official Marriage License (woop woop!). Your Marriage License will only be valid for 90 days, so don’t go in too early!
Of course, every wedding is different and there are lots of details that will happen between all of the big decisions that you have to make. My last piece of advice is to plan your day for you! Weddings are always the most memorable when they are filled with details of the couple’s personalities! Be honest with yourself about what you want for you wedding, and then go get it!
Good luck, and happy planning!