Today I’m sharing a wedding planning guide aimed at making your wedding planning experience stress-free, so if you are planning a DC wedding, this blog post is for you. When you think of all the time and work that goes into preparing for your day, you might feel stressed, intimidated, or even dread.
Thankfully, if you are looking to DC to plan your special day, we have everything you need in today’s blog post, so stay tuned!
Here’s a glimpse of what’s ahead.
- Discuss your ideal wedding
- Create your budget
- Make your guest list
- Consider and pick a date
- Start searching for a venue & caterer
- Hiring a wedding florist
- Hire a wedding photographer
- Pick a dress
Discuss Your Ideal Wedding
Ask yourselves what the ideal wedding looks like for both of you, and come up with a big picture that both of you enjoy.
Communication is pivotal, and now is a great time to flex those marriage muscles! Once you both have agreed on key aspects such as size, aesthetic, and overall vibe, you know you’re on the same page and ready to tackle the details.
Create Your Wedding Budget
Planning a wedding can be expensive. In 2021, the national average wedding cost $28,000, and in DC. the average cost is $44,000. When creating your budget, be sure to factor in guest costs, venue, bridal gown, catering, and wedding decorations such as chuppah rental.
Whether you’re looking to have a stylish wedding or a cozy gathering, Washington DC has a wealth of gorgeous wedding venues appropriate for every budget, and a great selection of caterers, bridal shops, and decor options to fit whatever you need.
Make Your Guest Lists
One of the most important aspects of your wedding is who you’ll be sharing it with. Begin creating a guest list, noting an approximate number of guests. This will be important to know when booking a venue that’s right for you.
If your guests are coming out of town, remember to check for hotels near your selected venue and book ahead of time.
Consider and Pick a Wedding Date
Once your budget and the guest list are ready, you can pick a date! In DC, winter temperatures average 25 to 40 degrees, between 40 to 70 in the spring and fall, and 60-90 throughout the summer. For a special touch, you may consider planning your wedding in April, when the cherry blossom trees are in full bloom.
Once you have some ideas for a date, be sure to run them by important guests to avoid conflicts.
Wedding Venues and Catering
When it comes to venues and catering, Washington DC has no shortage of top picks for every budget. Here is a great listing of wedding venue options for you.
And for caterers, check out this Top 19 list for 2022.
Flowers can transform a space into a wedding wonderland. Whatever your floral vision is, you’ll certainly see it come to life. By choosing Klassy Kreations floral wedding services, you’ll be receiving a customized and tailored approach that will reflect your unique vision.
Hire a Wedding Photographer
Some of the most memorable photos you’ll have in your life are from your wedding day. This is the day that people splurge on a professional photographer to capture the beauty, love, and intimacy of the moment. You want the pictures to be something you’re proud to share or display, so make sure you choose the photographer wisely.
Look through photographer’s portfolios or check out some of the best Washington wedding photographers on Instagram to get an idea of their style and if it matches your vision.
Pick a Wedding Dress
One of the most exhilarating parts of a wedding is finding your dream dress. Start looking for your dress as early on in the planning process as you can, so you have all the time you need for alterations, ordering or any other special additions.
Remember to Enjoy the Process!
Your wedding is well on its way! Remember even in the midst of the planning, to enjoy the process, take time to de-stress, and focus on what all this is for. You’re about to spend the rest of your life with your significant other, and that’s certainly a cause for celebration!
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