As a continuation of the first wedding planning post, I wanted to chat a little bit about the next steps in the planning process and how the first 3 steps have worked for us. 1. The budget: believe it when people tell you, it can get real expensive, real fast. We’re lucky enough to have very generous parents that are contributing more than we could ever ask for, and I was confident that we would have no problem sticking to the budget. While I still know we’ll keep it at or below the budget we have, I was blown away yesterday when we started doing estimates and realizing how much this can actually cost. Consider what is important to the two of you, and save on the things that don’t mean much. As a result, #2, the guest list, has definitely seen some activity in the way of edits. We were ruthless, and the reality is that we would rather have an amazing celebration with our close friends and family, than an OK party with a larger crowd. That said, no matter how much we tried, there are people we are just not willing to cut (mom, you’ll get an invite), so while it’s still more people than we’d like, I’m pretty sure we’ve reached the final number. 3. The Venue: After an entire week of venue tours, I’m so happy to say that we finally decided on the place, and are pretty sure we have an exact date. It’s perfect and everything we wanted for our big day. I cannot wait.
In terms of planning, since we’re about a year and a half away from the day of the wedding, there is definitely going to be a long stretch of minimal to no progress, but my pinsanity (that’s pinterest insanity, in case you’re wondering) has reached an all time high, and the next 3 things on the list will absolutely be finalized over the next couple of months.