How Early Should You Begin Planning Your Wedding?

Now that you have gotten engaged, told your family and friends the exciting news, and picked out a few dates you both would like to get married on, the next thing you might be wondering is when you should begin planning.

Well, how soon you begin planning your wedding will ultimately depend on the date(s) that you choose.

These days, engagements range from being a few months to several years long, and the sooner your wedding is, the earlier you need to start your wedding planning. In fact, if your wedding is sooner rather than later, it’s time to start searching for a venue and/or caterer and see if they have any of the dates that you prefer available.







The Importance Behind Your Wedding Venue

Before you begin searching for the more detailed services that accompany a wedding day — whether it be a photographer, limousine service, DJ, or florist — you need to lock down your venue. This is especially true if your wedding is less than a year away, as it will likely be more difficult to find a venue that still has the dates that you want available. 

However, if you are having a wedding several years down the road (let’s say three), you can still book a venue to secure your ideal date. And, when you do meet with the venue and/or wedding planner, you can discuss how and when you should take the next steps to plan your wedding. In the end, you have your date locked down!

Finding the Perfect Location for Your Wedding

When you are determining which wedding venue is right for you, it’s recommended that you start with the basics. Discuss with your fiancé what you both want from your ideal location and understand your preferences with their priority order. Once that’s accomplished, consider your budget, location limitations, or preferences, and start contacting them. Whether you find yourselves preferring a more traditional banquet hall, a luxurious mansion or country club, or possibly a local restaurant, know that the most important thing is what makes you and your significant other happiest. 

Throughout Bucks County, there are plenty of great options, but Cottage Green offers a breathtaking, transformative space with various service options available. This particular wedding hall, located in Northeast Philadelphia, is truly exceptional from the level of service provided to the space that your guests can find themselves not wanting to walk away from. 

Contacting Your Guest List

One of the best things you can do for your wedding is getting your guest list together early. Once that’s done, save the dates are a great next step as soon as you have some of the essentials coordinated. Even if you’re nearly a year away from your anticipated special day, sending out save the dates isn’t a bad idea. In fact, they’re a great way of letting your guests know to hold that day on their calendar and that you have your big day coming up soon! As it gets closer and you finalize more details, formal invites can follow. 

Nowadays, there are many things that go into the planning besides picking a date, venue, caterer, your bridesmaids and groomsmen. And, if you want to make sure that you have everything covered, you can either start a list and check off things as you go or work with a catering company and/or individual that can help you plan.

Get Excited for Your Special Event Ahead

Once you’ve taken all of the necessary steps, you can sit back and relax. Just bask in the excitement of your big day ahead and all of those who are working hard to help make it happen for you and your fiancé. Also, if you do find yourself overwhelmed by everything to be done, don’t you worry! There are wedding planners who are here to help, and many catering companies can offer great advice too. Contact ours today for more information!