Book A Venue To Set Your Date

Once you've finalized your guest list, which determines the capacity of the wedding venues you're looking at. If you have your heart set on a particular date, start there. If you're flexible with the date, get browsing and keep in mind many venues book out 1-2 years ahead, in peak wedding seasons of fall and spring. Keep in mind the way you want to feel on your wedding day and let that inform all the other decisions. Err on the time of year most appropriate to your dream day, making sure to check rainfall averages if your ideal day is a mostly outdoor event.

STAY FOCUSED

Stay focused on the number one thing here...which isn't the wedding itself, but your partner, your relationship, and your future marriage. Don't let the planning of a wedding take on a life of its own, stealing your combined sanity and your happiness. Being engaged should be one of the most romantic chapters of your life and all too often, this supposed blissed out chapter gets derailed with challenging negotiations. Stressful expectations and unfamiliar logistics. Remember to continue to make time for one another, go on date nights, take weekends away, take a deep breath, stay in love! Nurture your relationship and enjoy the ride. It's the first of many challenges during your life together that will require compassion and compromise...so practice navigating it together.

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