Congratulations! Your wedding is officially one year away. While a year may seem like a long time, it will fly by faster than you think. There’s no need to panic, though. With careful planning and organization, you can make sure that everything goes smoothly. Here are some things you should consider doing once your wedding is a year away.

  1. Set a Budget

The first thing you need to do is set a budget. Discuss with your partner how much you can realistically afford to spend on your wedding. Consider the size of your guest list, venue, and catering costs. Once you have a budget in mind, you can start researching vendors and venues that fit within your price range.

  1. Draft a Guest List

Start drafting a guest list. While it may be tempting to invite everyone you know, keep in mind that every guest adds to your overall cost. Create a list of must-invite guests, and then start adding others based on your budget and venue capacity.

  1. Choose a Venue

Choosing a venue is one of the most important decisions you’ll make during the planning process. Popular venues tend to book up quickly, so start researching and visiting potential venues as soon as possible. Keep in mind the size of your guest list, your theme, and your budget when choosing a venue.

  1. Book Vendors

Once you’ve chosen your venue, start booking vendors. This includes caterers, photographers, florists, and DJs or bands. Don’t forget to read reviews, ask for recommendations, and meet with potential vendors before signing any contracts.

  1. Start Dress Shopping

Shopping for a wedding dress can take several months, so start early. Consider your wedding theme and venue when choosing a dress, and don’t forget to try on accessories and veils.

  1. Research and Plan Honeymoon

It’s never too early to start planning your honeymoon. Research destinations and set a budget, and start looking for deals on flights and hotels.

  1. Create a Wedding Website

Create a wedding website to share information with your guests. Include details such as your wedding date, location, dress code, and registry information.

  1. Plan Engagement Photos

Engagement photos are a fun way to capture your love story and share the news with friends and family. Schedule a photo shoot with your photographer and choose a location that reflects your personality as a couple.

Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, but starting early can make a big difference. Once your wedding is a year away, set a budget, draft a guest list, choose a venue, book vendors, start dress shopping, research your honeymoon, create a wedding website, and plan engagement photos. With careful planning and organization, you can make sure that your special day is everything you’ve dreamed of.

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