The first thing you’ll probably want to do is figure out how much time you want between now and your big day. If you’ve got a high-pace demanding job with hardly any time to plan a wedding, you’ll probably want to give yourself a while to plan everything out, plan your honeymoon vacation time in advance, and so forth. Remember that if you're planning on having a wedding shower, bachelorette party and other pre-wedding festivities that you'll need to start planning dates for those, too. Some people wait two months to get married, others wait two years. Either way, try to be as organized as possible with your wedding planning and timeline. Make or buy a planner (like this adorable one!) dedicated just to wedding details so you know exactly what happens when and where.
If you think you’re already set to get married, then it’s just a matter of budgeting out every detail and keeping your wedding costs within your price range. If you want to save up for a little longer, then make a distinct plan of how much money you’ll put aside every week, month, paycheck, or however you decide to plan it. I have found that putting a little away each paycheck has helped me save most effectively, but it’s up to you and what you think is feasible.
If you’re unsure of where you want your wedding, don’t fret just yet. The traditional church wedding is not the only way to do it anymore, and a lot of brides have begun having their ceremonies in one place and reception in another, which opens the doors up to a lot of opportunity to be creative and create a really fun and memorable atmosphere. Some venues also have package deals for using their staff, so it’s definitely something to consider. So visit a lot of different places and don’t be afraid to be picky.
Pretty soon, you’ll want someone by your side to help you plan and celebrate your upcoming marriage. This is what your bridesmaids and groomsmen are for! Some people choose not to include a bridal party in their wedding, or just keep it simple and have a best man and maid of honor. Others have 10 bridesmaids! You’ll want to figure out pretty quickly what kind of crew you and your partner want to have by your side on your big day. Just think about who you really want up there by your side, who’s going to be supportive every step of the way, and who’s reliable. Don’t feel obligated to make someone a bridesmaid or groomsman if you don’t want them. It’s your big day, not theirs.