Bare Essentials When Planning A Wedding

First and foremost, congrats! It may be chaotic, and it's easy to become lost in all of the Pinterest boards and Say To the Dress, as well as an overflow of rom-coms (Bride Wars and My Big Fat Greek Wedding will go down as my favorite wedding movies).

But take in this moment. No, honestly, take 10 deep breaths (or scream if you need to) because you're marrying your best friend and have met your soulmate for life. It's a big deal, and you're free to adjust and simply BE.

Now now game time and you have a wedding to plan. This can be one of the best times in your life oIt's game time after your breathing exercises (I'm not joking), and you have a wedding to arrange. This may either be one of the finest periods of your life or a full and total burnout. But that's why I'm here to guide you through the process and cheer you on.

Honestly, there is a trick in planning a wedding. Taking a step back and stripping away the details, the fluff, and the oh-so-pretty decor there are five minimums to tackle and contemplate:

Pick a date and choose the season

Are you feeling nostalgic about a certain date that signifies something significant to you and your hunny, or does the venue with the greatest available date mean the most to you? In any case, you'll need a wedding date. Consider when you want to say "I Do" according on your region. Winter months, November-March, are recognized for lower venue pricing, but you still have to contend with the holiday season and guests traveling. Spring and summer are the most popular and perfect seasons, but if you're having it outside, the heat might be painful for you and your guests. With that being said…

Location, Location, LOCATION

The numerous and seemingly limitless options! Yes, there are a number of aspects to consider. All-inclusive,

do-it-yourself, destination, hotel, farm, museum, bar, and so on. However, divide it into what you want and what you don't want. Indoors, outdoors, or a combination? Is there food included or not? Consider all of the criteria to construct a pros and cons list that corresponds to your desired wedding vision.

Budget (Because we want you pay your mortgage after the I Do’s)

With the typical wedding costing close to $40,000 (without the honeymoon), it is critical to stick to your guns and have an in-depth discussion with your spouse and any family members who wish to contribute to the expense. This is where planners may guide you by asking what your vision's priorities are. If you are a foodie and want your food to be delicious, here is where you will spend the most of your money. OR, if you adore all the delicate details and want your Pinterest board to match the décor (it's me, I'm talking about myself, ha), you should allocate your budget accordingly. Finally, organize your budget and manage the priorities. Consider which areas you want to indulge on and which you want to conserve money on.

Guest Count

This number will have a significant impact on your wedding. We even included a list of reasons why your guest count will affect your budget to help our couples plan their special day. I will always be an advocate for my couples' wedding vision. Remember to stick to your guns and refuse to let extra guests impose their will on your day. Remember to include yourself in your guest count, and have the difficult conversation about whether or not you want children at your wedding. Think about some entertaining ideas to amuse children during your wedding if you are inviting them. After you've finalized your guest list, you can start thinking about your wedding stationery and what you'll need to include. When you know who is going, you may start preparing your reception tables.


The number of vendors you need to contract for your wedding is determined by a number of variables, including style and venue. If you choose, all-inclusive wedding venues will manage the majority of the providers, but you'll need to meet to discuss design and personal choices. Hiring a wedding planner will perform the most of the research for you depending on your selected style. First and foremost, when exploring your chosen vendors, keep your budget in mind. Then, ask around in your community for recommendations, ideally from weddings you've attended personally. Usually, wedding vendors (venues, caterers, and planners) have a preferred vendor list that of people they have worked with and entrust with creating a memorable experience.

When learning how to organize a wedding, the most critical step is to recognize that you and your future spouse cannot do it alone. Simply said, there are just too many elements and details. So, don't be scared to ask for help when and when you need it!



meet alliyah

Wedding planner and coordinator, cupcake champ, and Paris obsessed