Ready to start planning your wedding?
I think absolute first step to start planning your wedding is to find out your budget. Once you have an absolute grand total, stick to it! I know brides get wedding fever and the budget goes out the window. Trust me, you'll be must happier paying off your wedding when its all said and done, and not having 5 years scheduled credit card debt for uplighting, chiavari chairs and customized napkins that ended up in the trash.
Venue and food are likely going to be your biggest expense. I would start there and budget in everything else. Do some research to find out generally how much cake, photography, DJs, etc. run in your area so you have a realistic idea of how much to save to your budget on other areas. I would estimate saving $5,000 - $15,000 of your budget for things other than your venue and food.. again depending on your budget.
*** Side note. I'm going to start a #WeddingHack blog series to show you how to cut corners in your budget to make up for unexpected costs or costs that were more than you anticipated. Trust me, there is always some costs to cut! **
This is the budget I made and use myself when wedding planning. I am often told I am the best with staying on budget! I hope you find good use in it.