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Wedding Planning? Your Tips for Getting Started

Now that you’re engaged, it’s time to plan the big day. Getting started can quickly feel overwhelming, but these wedding planning tips can help you prioritize, stay organized and ultimately plan the perfect event.

Enjoy the Special Moment

A bride straightening the smiling groom's bow tie on their wedding day.

Although it’s a bit of a cliche, breathe and enjoy the moment. And that means all of them, even the stressful ones. Wedding planning will have its share of ups and downs — there’s no avoiding that. But if you try to not sweat the small stuff and stick with a plan, you’ll create treasured memories.  

Set a Firm Wedding Budget

One more time for the guests in the back: budget. The second of our wedding planning tips is the foundation to your wedding planning journey. Your budget will help you and your partner create boundaries for your big day. Deciding early on what can and can’t be spent will save you a lot of time down the road. Once that’s decided, try to stick to it. It may be tempting to make considerations, but costs can quickly add up and you’ll find yourself bending your budget more than you’d like. 

Know Your Priorities for Your Wedding Day

Guests with raised glasses and toasting with champagne at a wedding.

This might be the third on our list of wedding planning tips, but it’s a discussion worth having early. Sitting down with your partner to understand what are priorities for your wedding day will help you understand where all those budget dollars are going. For example: Are you wanting a cocktail hour before dinner and dancing? If so, that’s extra time you’ll need from your vendors and venue, as well as additional menu offerings. So, this could mean sacrificing that photo booth rental that sounds like a fun idea, but ranks low on your priority list. 

Once you both agree on your priorities, it can be very helpful to organize your priorities into a checklist. This will help you throughout the rest of your wedding planning process, giving you actionable items to check off and ensuring that you won’t overlook something important.

Ask the Experts

In this case, the experts are your friends and family — especially those who recently planned a wedding here in Columbus. Why? Your friends’ and family’s wedding planning tips come from firsthand experience that you can trust. Some great questions to ask include:

  • What would you do again? 
  • What would you skip? 
  • Who would you work with or hire again? 

This also starts to give you a list of venues and vendors — photographers, DJs or bands, florists, etc. — to begin exploring. And, as you do, they become a second tier of experts. Moreover, those in the industry will have a plethora of knowledge and know-how they’re more than willing to share. All you have to do is ask, “Hey! What are your wedding planning tips?” 

Timing is Everything

Guests sitting at a wedding table with flowers while toasting the bride and groom.

Not just in life, but in wedding planning. Select a few dates, or at bare minimum a season, when you’d like to get married. This will be the first question anyone will ask you as you start to meet and hire vendors for the big day. And remember, it’s never too early to start. Venues and vendors book up fast, and well in advance. Nailing down the big Ws — when and where — in the beginning will give you that end date to work toward. And, from there, you can get organized and build a timeline that’ll see you and yours down the aisle.

The list of wedding planning tips could go on and on, but these tips for planning your wedding will help you and your partner build a solid foundation as you get started. Part of which starts with setting your date and selecting your venue. More than a boutique hotel for weddings and receptions, Hotel LeVeque offers elegant sophistication, a prime location and luxurious amenities for you and your guests. 

We offer several beautiful wedding-related rooms within Hotel LeVeque that are perfect for:

  • Receptions
  • Rehearsal dinners
  • Wedding showers or brunch
  • Getting ready
  • Ceremonies 

To learn more about our wedding venue options, contact us for more information. We’ll be happy to help you plan your dream wedding!

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