Congratulations! You’ve got a ring on your finger! Now what? It may seem unbelievable at first, but it’s definitely happening — you’re getting married, and you need to start planning! But where do you begin? 

Planning a wedding can seem overwhelming, especially when you’ve just gotten over the shock of becoming engaged, but it doesn’t have to be if you bring the right team of people on board to help out. Sure, you’ve probably seen plenty of wedding reality shows on TV, but there’s no television cast and crew readily available to help prepare you for the big day. So get ready, because you’re about to begin planning one of the most memorable rides of your life. Here are some tips on taking those first steps: 

Share the Exciting News About Your Wedding!

Of course, you’ll want to share your exciting news with the people you love the most. And, if you’re into social media, you’ll definitely need to post the obligatory selfie to help spread the news! Remember that a picture is worth a thousand words, and you’ll undoubtedly want to capture the unexpected joy of this special occasion. Just make sure you call your family before you start posting photos — the last place your loved ones should hear about your engagement is on social media.  

Start Brainstorming Potential Wedding Dates

Summer weddings are exceedingly popular, so weddings in those months tend to get booked well in advance. Some venues even book out years in advance of the wedding date! So, if you have a date in mind — and you’d really love a picture-perfect summer ceremony — it’s time to get to work. Contact both of your families and find out which dates work best for them. After you’ve done that, it’s time to begin thinking about venues!   

How Do You Research Wedding Venues?

Do you want a local wedding or a destination ceremony? Outdoor or indoor? Huge crowd or intimate gathering? These are all the things you’ll need to take into consideration when researching venues for your special day. You’ll also need to consider your budget since many wedding venues offer packages that come along with in-house wedding planning services. If you choose this type of venue, having a team of planners to take care of all the tiny details can save you considerable stress throughout the process. Not to mention, your wedding planning team will be there behind the scenes on your big day to make certain everything is executed flawlessly. 

How Important is Communication in Wedding Planning?

No matter what you do, don’t put the stress of planning your wedding entirely on your shoulders! Not only is wedding planning far too exhaustive a job for any one person, but if you try to take on too much, you’ll end up feeling overwhelmed and you’ll miss out on the joy of the process. Continuously communicate with your wedding planners, discuss menu options with your chef, talk to your florist and most importantly, keep in constant contact with your fiance! Wedding planning can get hectic at times, but making sure you, your fiance and your entire team are all on the same page will help the process move along as smoothly as possible.  

Central Jersey Wedding Venue and Planning

At Windows on the Water, we’re committed to making sure your special day is exactly as you dreamed it would be. For years, our meticulous planning team and award-winning grounds have helped set the stage for couples to step forward into the next phase of life with style and class. Our goal is to surpass your every expectation, each step of the way, to deliver a celebration tailored perfectly to your tastes and vision. 

If you’ve been dreaming of that perfect outdoor wedding on the water, our elegant and timeless venue is an ideal choice. For additional information about our location and planning options, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at 609-208-9475. We’re excited to help you begin planning the wedding of your dreams!