Wedding Planning: First Steps

I have been engaged for about four months now, and even though I know that wedding planning isn't for everyone, I personally have been loving it. Even though creating a life long marriage is more important than creating the perfect wedding (and not to mention how weddings can feel like you're just throwing money into the big hole), it's still really fun and something that I get excited about.

What really helped me in the first stages of the planning process was to decide what type of wedding I envisioned and what my budget was. While I won't offer budget advice here, I can say that creating a mood board helped me narrow down what I found appealing and what I didn't. It also helps if you know right away the general location of your wedding- like if you're doing a city hall wedding, a destination wedding (like me), or if you'll be having another venue with a farm, garden, or hotel. 


Instead of creating a mood board from scratch, another and perhaps easier way to help you is to look at save the dates and invitations early. In my experience, looking at all the different styles helped me determine my overall look or theme pretty quickly. Traditional, rustic, floral, contemporary, graphic... they're all there to get you inspired. 



 I used Minted.com for my save the dates, invitations, website, and other wedding stationary needs.(They've also been great with special discounts and offers.) In general the entire design and ordering process was very easy and enjoyable. You can personalize and preview before you buy, save and compare different options you've made, and they can do special customization.

I honestly couldn't recommend Minted.com more. 
Even though I found Pinterest to be helpful, it can seem pretty overwhelming with the sheer volume of wedding related pictures. So if you're going to start with Pinterest, I would start creating a board for one category at a time- like wedding flower centerpieces- search that, start pinning, and you can make your searches more specific as you go. Most likely it'll become obvious what your taste is. 

*I'm not being sponsored by Minted for this post, it's just to share my honest opinion and participate in their referral program. By clicking the Minted.com link you can get $25 off your purchase of $100 or more.
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