Wedding Planning | First Things First

When I start anything, especially something that totally could be overwhelming, like say, wedding planning, I like to apply my own version of the first things first concept. My version starts with looking at the big picture and then breaking it down into smaller pieces, based on either timeliness or magnitude and impact of each piece. Sometimes I’ll prioritize by timeliness first based on how quickly the item on the list needs to be done. If there is a deadline involved, that task gets done first, no matter how big or small. If there are no deadlines, then the biggest task, considering both time and details, gets done first.

engaged couple, Jared Rey Photography

 Jared Rey Photography via Heart Love Weddings

Because so many of you are recently engaged or may be hoping for something sparkly arriving on a date in the very near future (wink, wink), we thought we’d break it down by applying our concept of first things first. We’re going to start by offering our recommendation for tackling your wedding planning by giving you three major lists first. Then next week, we’re going to start breaking it down. Let’s get started with first things first!

List #1: The Big Picture

  • Setting Your Date & Guest List
  • Researching and selecting your photographer, videographer and wedding planner
  • Researching and selecting your venue

rustic vintage table settings, rustic vintag tablescape

via Style Me Pretty

List #2: First Impressions

  • Select your style and color inspiration
  • Save the Dates and Invites, other paper goods
  • Wedding Attire

style board

via Decor8

List #3: The Details

  • Food and Cake
  • Florals
  • Decor (Rentals) and DIY

bridal bouquet with dusty miller, peach peonies and yellow billy buttons

via Zinnia Floral Designs

So are you ready to get started on planning your wedding? Have you basked in the glow as a newly engaged couple and taken a moment to soak it all up? Are you ready to rock your wedding plans? We hope that our tips will give you a fresh perspective, whether you are someone that will overanalyze and stress over every decision or you’ve had this all planned out since you were seven years old – easy peasy. And if you’ve come across a great tip, we’d love to have you share it here too. Inquiring minds always want to know.



  1. […] When planning any wedding, picking your wedding dress, coordinating your groom’s wardrobe, and then the rest of the wedding party can really be a lot of fun. I think every bride gets really excited and can’t wait to get started. It’s certainly something that many of us have dreamed of since we were little girls playing dress up. […]

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