So after this happened, we started planning…. But where to start? I started combing through the (fun) jungle that is Pinterest and found very helpful tips and lists. Oh how I love lists! (just look at this one or this one or this one and of course this one)
What to do first, when you get engaged?
- Decide on an overall budget
- Choose a theme (be creative!)
- Make a guest count (necessary for choosing a wedding venue)
- Choose your venue
What to ask your wedding venue?
- Ask to see the plates, tablewear, glasses, linnen, chairs? If it’s not up to your standards you could opt to hire
- What time do we have to leave? Usually there’s a limit, especially for the music
- Do you have an extra room we can use? Think of a sleeping area for kids or a place to change outfits
- Is it easy accesible? By car? And by public transportation?
- What staff will be on deck? Is it enough or do you need to hire additional staff?
- What’s included in the price? Think personnel, linnen, enough tables and chairs, lighting technician, cleaning costs
- Do you allow an outside caterer? If so, how will this cost us anything, and how much? We were set on a certain caterer, so this was a big one for us, since most vendors don’t allow outside catering. Sometimes they do allow an outside caterer, but you have to pay them off.
- How many people can you fit in?There’s a big difference between the amount of people sitting down and the amount of people standing (and dancing)
- What’s your budget for the venue? This will probably be the most expensive of all
- How much will an additional hour cost? You might feel like partying a little longer
- Do you have a cake cutting fee? Although I personally find this a little ridiculous, some venues do have a fee for this, bastards!
- How’s the payment for the bar? You can choose to pay in advance per guest or afterwards.
- What time can we start decorating? Preferably this will be the night before, but usually it’s on the same day, so it’s important to know from when
- What’s the max volume for the music? There’s always a maximum, but sometimes it’s a bit low
- What’s your cancellation policy? You don’t want to think about it, but you should anyway
Last but not least:
Can I get a standing ovation for my husband-to-be’s involvement in planning this wedding? Can’t get any better than this!
Have fun planning!