Here is a general tip: before we actually plan anything, we try to estimate the time we have, then decide on the date where we can have our wedding.
We reversed engineered, or simply, we worked backwards.
After the proposal, we went on to decide and think how long do we have for the wedding. Do we have enough finances? And judging from the current finances, how long do we need to save? How much were the venues, what were the hotels available? Do we want a beach wedding? A wedding banquet? A church wedding? There were so many things going through our heads and to be honest, it is very stressful.
I feel stressful thinking about it now!
Before your wedding, this is what we went through and had our advices on. It is relatively simple to go through them, not difficult at all. Just a little.. troublesome.
And you have to commit time to plan your wedding!
We did a lot of researches and started from wedding venues. Then we moved on to find out the wedding fairs, wedding shows and so on.. We also researched on the different bridal shops, wedding gowns, wedding suits, make ups, wedding caterer, music, bands, renting of a band, wedding rings, getting friends to be part of our entourage.. and definitely, Honeymoon.
We planned to go for our honeymoon right after our wedding, so we need to find and make sure there are flights and dates to our destination.
We traveled to Europe for two weeks, and have to make sure we have the clothings too, it was winter.
So, think about it, it is not just for the wedding, as it ripple effected quite a bit of stuff. All the research took around 3 months before we started looking around for wedding vendors, but ultimately we got it.
After narrowing down some venues and hotels that fit into our budget, we went down and have a coffee with their representative to select and nail a date that we want.
Some people are nice, and some do not really bother.. I am not sure why, but perhaps they were expecting something more?
But nevertheless this is a matter of luck and perseverance. Finding one that fits into our budget, date and size of guests allowed is magic. It is something we thought that sounds impossible and utterly.. difficult.
At the same time we want the perfect place for our wedding. But we are indeed blessed and glad that we do.
We did quite a bit of research online and in forums. We used Pinterest to see what we wanted and the themes and ideas..
It was fun, but to meet the individual vendors take a lot of time, and we want to make sure they can deliver. Although most of these professionals will say they are good, but it all comes down to sales to them.
Make sure you can find a good one that really cares for your big day, that’s what we have in mind and what we do.
We hope these will help you!