Congratulations – you’re engaged! Now what?

There is no right or wrong way to start planning your wedding, but it’s common to not know where to begin. One way is to join a wedding website like The Knot.


Here you can start your personalized wedding website, pick a date, set your wedding budget, pick your colors and style, start your guest list and work on every single aspect of your wedding. The most important step is to set your budget. Sit down with your fiancé and realistically budget what you can afford to spend. This will save you countless arguments down the road. Whether it’s $5,000 or $25,000, this will be your starting point for your special day.

The next step depends on your budget. If you have your heart set on a specific venue, you may have to change your wedding date around the openings of the venue. If you have your heart set on a date, you may have to step back and look at venues that are available and in your price range for that date. After you pick one, then work on the other.

After you have your budget, the venue and the date figured out, the next thing is to start working on your guest list, from your maid-of-honor down to who’s going to sit in the audience. Because you want these people to attend, you will need to let them know early on so they have time to make travel arrangements.

Once these four components are decided, you are well on your way to the finer details like the dress, your rings, the dinner menu and more. Enjoy!

Best of luck planning your wedding day.


Derrick Perrin owner of Big Box Pro Wedding Video. I love to hike and camp. I'm also a big fan of woodworking and running.