Wedding Planning 101 (Part 2)

Marta BlockContributor

Last week we broke the news to you that the first step in planning your wedding was not Pinning 100 beautiful dresses. Rather, it was coming up with your budget and your approximate guest list. This week, we get to some of the fun stuff, and some more stuff that isn't always so fun. But, to keep you inspired even with the less fun stuff we illustrate it all with a gorgeous wedding. This week's photos are from Carolina MediaStar. Here are your next five steps in wedding planning.

6. The Look and Feel
At this poing you have a budget and a place, it's time to take stock and make sure everything is going in the direction you want. Did you want a vintagey wedding like this one? Were you hoping for something more glamorous or sleek? A lot of the decisions and conversations you'll be making from here on out have to do with details, so think about what you want all those details to add up to.

7. Your Vendors
These are the people that make your wedding happen! We offer a detailed guide for when to hire each type of vendor (photographer, caterer, musician) here. The general rule though is that vendors who can only do one wedding a day (musicians, photographers, etc) book up faster, and so should be hired earlier, than those who can do more than one event a day (florist, baker).

8. The Dress
OK, so you have your budget, your venue, your date, your look and feel, and your wedding party. What's next? Yep, it's time for the dress. Why did we wait so long? You need all of the previous things to know what kind of dress you're looking for, and at what budget. It can take four to six months to order a new wedding dress. It can also take 4-6 hours to pick a dress out at a vintage store or on a site like SmartBride Boutique. No matter what your timeline or budget, there is a dress for you. Once the bride has a dress the groom should pick his outfit, and it's time to think about the rest of the bridal party.

9. Invitations
The general rule is that invitations should be sent 6-8 weeks before the wedding. If you have a lot of out of town guests, you may want to make that 8-10 weeks. If you want to create a "B List" of people that will be invited if others can't make it, definitely get those invites out in the 8-10 week period. Give some thought to whether or not you want your invitations to be part of an overall stationery suite, that will include programs and Thank You notes, or if they're stand alones.

10. Final Details
Shoes, car, hashtag, makeup and hair - these things are all important but they're some of the last things you decide when planning your wedding.

Congratulations! You've done it, you've made it through all the planning and here you are. Only one last thing to do ... ENJOY!

Photographer:  Carolina MediaStar//Event Venue: Willow Oaks Plantation//

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