Wedding Planning Guide: I’m Engaged! Now what?
You’re engaged! First off, congratulations! If you’ve found yourself with a fancy new ring on your finger and are still adjusting to the sound of fiancé, then you’re in the right place. This phase of life is incredibly exciting, and truth be told, a bit overwhelming. After you’ve taken time to soak it in and adjust to the new title, here is a wedding planning guide complete with your next steps!
First things first, set a time to sit down with your partner and discuss what you’re willing to spend in total. If you’re lucky enough to have your parents help, then you’ll need to rope them in too. This number can dictate everything that follows—what time of year you get married, which venue, how many guests, etc. Before throwing out numbers, it’s especially important to communicate what your priorities are. Are you drawn to a simple ceremony, to be followed by an all-out party? Or do you see yourself having an ornate ceremony with a cocktail hour to follow?
This blog post may be helpful when figuring out where to splurge and when to save.
Austin has no shortage of wedding venues. Want something modern and downtown? You got it. Prefer a rustic setting in the hill country? No problem. If you plan to marry in Austin, local wedding mag favorite, Brides of Austin, has all of the leading venues listed, including links to their website and portfolio. For those on-the-hunt for something out of the ordinary, we recommend searching Venues and Vows, the “Airbnb of private wedding venues.” Being open to more unique environment is the best way to save money on a wedding venue.
You can view our rentals in action at some of our favorite Austin wedding venues here.
The Pre-Wedding Events
Wedding planning involves more than the day of! There’s the…
• Engagement Party
• Wedding Shower
• Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties
Remember that these events are supposed to be fun! If the thought of planning or attending any of these gatherings doesn’t appeal to you… skip it! Contrary to public opinion, there is no law that says you have to follow through with any of it. When we help plan or write about these type of events, we always focus on the celebratory elements (we can’t help ourselves, of course). Here’s how to choose the perfect engagement party rentals that are true to your style, and an example of a very ~Austin~ bridal shower! We’re here if you need help pulling all of the pieces together.
The Ceremony and Reception
The ceremony is the time to focus on family and romance! We’ve outlined four categories when choosing rentals for your ceremony: chairs, rugs and accents, and arches. If these pieces are done right, your guests will be sure to notice.
The reception is where the food and dancing is at. The sweetheart table, dining set-up, lounges and other can’t miss details (hello, bar and DJ booth!) are all key elements for the ultimate party.
Your venue may provide some of these elements, but we suggest double-checking that you love the look they’re providing. This is your day and shouldn’t be a carbon copy of anyone else’s! If you’d like a custom design-board for a particular venue, just ask!
We know that this seems like a lot of moving pieces to keep track of, but we promise that it can be done beautifully and on budget. We highly suggest hiring a wedding planner to save you time, money and stress along the way! Reach out to us for our vendor recommendations — we’d love to help you create the literal wedding of your dreams!