Your first instinct may be to pick a date. It's not a bad place to start, but there are lots of factors that can affect that date.
Some couples have a special date that is significant to their relationship, and nothing is more important than that date. These couples may need to be a little more flexible on location, budget, or guest list. For others, they simply must have 350 people on their guest list - here in Jacksonville, that means that their venue options are a bit limited. If an oceanfront wedding is most important, the couple may want to think about a Friday or Sunday wedding if they choose a popular venue.
So where do you start? Try setting your priorities by numbering these items from 1 (most important) to 10 (least important):
- Time of year / day of week
- Officiant or ceremony location
- Guest list emphasis – family or friends
- Food and drink
- Reception location
- Flowers and décor
- Photography and videography)
Once you have a list of your priorities, you can look at your budget and decide how much to spend in each area based on its rank.