What to do before you say I do?

Yay! Congratulations! Now that you and your special someone are engaged, do you know what the next step is?

Wedding planning can be overwhelming, exciting, hair pulling and most all CONFUSING! That’s where the expert comes in aka Sarah Dillenbeck Events.

I already know that you have a Pintrest account filled with your dream wedding ideas but don’t get too hooked on it before you sit down and talk numbers.

What kind of numbers?

First up we have the date. There are only 52 weekends in the year and if you don’t live in beautiful San Diego than your choices of weekends will be limited due to weather. When selecting your date understand that is might change as you begin your search especially if you fall in love with a venue that is already booked.  Also keep in mind that certain times of the year will book fast and that booking during peak or off-peak season will drastically effect the pricing.

Next we have guest counts. The problem with sitting down and making a guest list is that you don’t want to leave anyone out for either side and then once the Mothers get a hold of it you find yourself inviting a great great cousin, twice removed, that you’ve never even heard of or you find that your inviting your grandmothers bingo squad. It can be stressful making a list but a good rule of thumb to follow is, would you spend $100-$150 on this person for dinner on a normal day? Or, have you spent time with them in the last year? The more people you invite the more money you’ll have to spend. Catering will be your most expensive item by far!

Both of these above lead me to the last and MOST IMPORTANT set of numbers you will ever look at during this process…The dreaded budget. The budget should always be your first step in planning and that’s because a wedding can get expensive very quickly if you don’t watch it. This is something I’ve noticed that clients get uncomfortable talking about this but they shouldn’t. You have to decide who’s footing the bill. Mom, Dad, Grandparents or if your paying for it all on your own can make a huge difference. So please if you don’t take anything else away from this make you you stay realistic and keep the money dialogue open. A good coordinator will be able to sit down and help you crunch the numbers.

Hiring a coordinator helps to take some of the stress off of you and will be a great investment in the long run.

Just remember to breathe and don’t forget enjoy this stage in your lives. It’ll be one of the most special days for you two!


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