The first of the four things you should finalize before starting your event planning process is your budget. What you (and your families, if they're helping out) are willing and able to spend on the wedding should pretty much dictate everything else. Budgets are not one size fits all, so we've come up with some guidelines to help you come up with a guide that works for you and your event.
If you've never been engaged or planned a wedding before, the entire experience can be quite daunting. Where does one even begin? When you finally start your wedding planning, you should have four main objectives on your preliminary To Do List: Budget, Guest List, Venue, and Date. Our First Steps After You're Engaged Guide will help you prioritize your To Do List.
A lot goes into making your big day feel special and perfect. Every couple deserves a great wedding planner and most recognize the exceptional value of hiring one. An often poorly understood concept, a "day-of coordinator" doesn't actually exist. Although, many planners use that term, what a couple who is comfortable handling most details on their own and would just prefer to have professional to execute everything, really needs is a Wedding Director.