Once you are confident you aren’t going to let your wedding steal your identity, you are ready to start planning! I personally think the challenge of being a hands-on, self-planning, DIY bride is really fun. I know my wedding intimately and as will all things in life, the more hard work you put into something the more rewarding it is.
But where do you begin?
I wish I could just tell you to follow the yellow brick road and you’ll land at the wedding of your dreams. It may not be that simple, but the starting place is easy: the big three.
How to start planning your own wedding: Start with the The Big Three
- Guest List
How to make an estimate Guest List:
- Create an excel spreadsheet with the names of you, your fiance, and each of your parents across the top row.
- Under each person’s name, list the people (individually) that you think they will want to invite.
- Categorize and color-code guests appropriately (e.g., green for immediate family, orange for second cousins, purple for friends, grey for spouses or engaged plus ones, etc.)
- Review each column and add or remove as necessary.
- Calculate the total guests in each column, and the total to be invited.
Once you have the total number of guests you want at your wedding you can begin to research venues that hold that many people. For each venue you review, ask for the catering/bar options so that you can calculate not only venue costs for the space but also how much each guest will be to feed. That is what will give you the total price for your venue.