There are so many things running around in your head when you first get engaged and you probably have no idea where to start! These 5 tips will help you tremendously when you go to find your wedding vendors and do the million little things that go into wedding planning:
1) Perfect your engagement/love/how-you-met stories! These three stories are critical for wedding vendors to know and it gets really old when you have to fill out contact form after contact form typing the same thing. Sit down for an hour when you have a chance and type up these three stories. The more details, the better. Put in special little quirks about you as a couple, think about the small details - they matter and we LOVE to hear them! This is why we do what we do for a living - couples and their love stories are our favorite things in life.
2) Pick a venue & a wedding date first. There is nothing more frustrating than getting a wedding inquiry from a bride who is JUST your fit but has no idea when her wedding date is just because she wants to make sure you're available. While that is SO flattering and I love that she cares enough to think of me first, I cannot make any promises or hold her date until she has made that date official and set in stone. :)
3) Think about what YOU BOTH want for your wedding as a couple. Don't do all of this stressful wedding planning together just to impress your friends and family. This day is meant for YOU TWO and for everyone to celebrate your love. If you want a black tie wedding, but your parents want a barn, do what you want because this is your day. Unless they're paying for the majority of it, then I would come to a happy medium because they are paying for it! :)
4) Do your research and find vendors that fit your style. If you are a black tie bride, but you love the style of someone who photographs rustic weddings typically, there is a high chance that you are not going to get the type of photography that you are expecting. While they would probably shoot your wedding in a heartbeat and probably cost a little less, they might not be as well-trained and might not be used to shooting in the same situations. You definitely need to look into every vendor's background and make sure they are reliable and know what they are doing. There's going to be a whole new post just on this topic soon. :)
5) Lastly, relax. Don't stress out and try not to plan a wedding too quickly. Typical engagements are from 9 months to a year and a half, so don't think that you need to get everything done in those first few months. While it is nice to know plenty of time in advance, most vendors don't book more than a year in advance.
I hope these tips helped and that all of you newly-engaged couples will take advice from this! If you have any questions or concerns or other suggestions, feel free to leave them below! :)