If you’ve just gotten engaged last month or this month, or you have a feeling you might get engaged next month wink, wink, some people might be telling you to save the wedding planning for next year because of all the holiday chaos, busyness, and stress. But here at B&B, we believe that you can plan your wedding whenever you want–even during the holiday season! Sure, the holidays are a time for you to spend time with family and friends, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do a little wedding planning on the side. So if you’re looking for ideas to help you get started, keep on reading!
1. Pin, pin, pin, pin!
One thing you can always do, no matter what day, is go through Pinterest and look for pegs! Even if you’re not sure about what you want yet, it doesn’t matter. This is the fun stage of the planning–exploring different options, imagining what your dream wedding will look like–so take advantage of this stage and go crazy!
2. Do your research
This is the perfect time to do your research. Research vendors, and look into details like prices, locations, and even their previous works to know if they’re someone you would like to set up a meeting with. Think of your venues, themes, and colors. You can even ask friends and family members who got married recently for their recommendations.
3. Share your ideas
Since the holidays are a time of family and barkada reunions, feel free to share your ideas with those you’re comfortable with. You can ask for their opinions on your venue or colors–you never know, they might actually give you some valuable insight and information too! I’m sure they’ll be thrilled you’re sharing some wedding info with them too.
4. Propose to your soon-to-be entourage (if you haven’t already!)
If you haven’t asked your entourage to be your bridesmaids, groomsmen, ninangs, or ninongs yet, this might be a good time to. Take advantage of all the reunions happening, and spend some one on one time asking if they would do the honors of standing by your side on your most special day.
5. Bring your families together
There’s no better time than the holidays to bring yours and your fiancé’s families together. Have a little holiday celebration to help let your two families get to know each other better. You can throw a little belated engagement party or just host a family game night. The important thing is that everyone puts in a little effort to bond.
6. Get your guests to RSVP
Speaking of taking advantage of reunions, spread the word about your wedding and try to get a partial RSVP. Of course, this will be easier if you already have a particular date in mind, that way you can tell your guests to block off the date. If not, that’s fine, just spread the word and perhaps an approximate date (if you have one), just so that they’ll be aware.
7. Get a crafts day in
If you’re already ahead in your wedding planning, and have your venue, date, and theme set, you can actually organize a little craft day with your family and friends. Doesn’t bonding over crafts you can use for your table centerpieces or your decorations sound like fun? And hey, you’ll be hitting two birds with one stone–family bonding time and decor!
8. Take advantage of holiday sales
One thing you can rely on during the holidays are the sales! Whether you like shopping in the mall or online, there are bound to be a couple of sales you can look through. You can be on the lookout for accessories, clothes, decor, and more!
9. Go on several oculars
In the hustle and bustle of the holidays, don’t forget your fiancé! Spend some quality one on one time by going on oculars. You can visit places you’re looking at for your engagement shoot or your wedding, and have a road trip while you’re at it.
10. Think about your honeymoon
I know, this is thinking waaay ahead, but hey, it doesn’t hurt, right? Besides, it’ll give you more time to look for cheap flights if you’re thinking of going to an island or someplace out of the country. Plus, I’m pretty sure you and your fiancé will probably like dreaming and talking about it too.
11. List down your goals
The holiday season just isn’t complete without a little evaluation and goal setting. So look back at what you have so far, evaluate what else needs to done, and set goals (this can be weekly, monthly, or quarterly). You can even make a to-do list with deliverables for the different people involved in your wedding planning. Get everything organized for the new year, and it’ll be an amazing start to your next year’s wedding planning, I guarantee it!