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Summer is peak wedding season, and for good reason. Along with the pleasant weather, ease of being outdoors and blooming flora everywhere, it’s also a time that’s usually easier for guests to attend the anticipated nuptials, according to The Knot.
If a summer wedding is what you dream of, know there are plenty of perks to be had. At the same time, wedding venues and vendors are in greater demand during the summer months, so it’s important to plan accordingly.
Luckily, you’ve got time. Here are seven steps to take now in planning the summer wedding of your dreams.
1. Work out your budget
Weddings cost money, no matter which way you slice it. But if you take the time to set a budget early on, you’ll know what to expect as well as what to plan for. Decide which aspects of your wedding are worth investing more in, and which aspects you can be frugal with, like this Bridal Guide review.
Then, talk to your future bride or groom (and anyone else funding the wedding) about what your options are and how much money you have to work with for your big day. After all, you can’t get much wedding planning done without knowing your budget first.
2. Decide who’s in the wedding (and who’s coming)
Who will be in the wedding party? It’s hard to limit your party or guest list, but you’ll find it’s actually one of the easiest ways to save money as you plan. Bridesmaids and groomsmen are only two pieces of the puzzle; it’s limiting guests to immediate and close family members that might be more difficult. Knowing who and how many are going to be at your wedding will also help you know what you need for many other details in your planning.
3. Hire a planner
If you choose to hire a professional wedding planner, you’ll be able to best utilize their talents (and thereby, your money) by getting them in on the planning from the beginning. Booking a venue and putting down deposits before hiring a planner is a waste, according to brides.com, since your planner will likely have relationships with venues, vendors and more to help you get the best price and choice to fulfill your vision for the special day.
4. Set a date
If you haven’t done this already, nail down a date soon! By picking a day not only can you let family and friends know so they can attend, but you’re also making it possible to hire and book anyone participating in making your wedding happen. If you need or want a specific vendor to play a role in your wedding, the sooner you book, the better. Keep in mind summer holidays and how you can use that time off to your advantage, too.
5. Reserve your venue(s) early
Summer weddings open up your options for wedding venues, as both indoor and outdoor venues can be used in warmer weather. Still, it’s a big decision to make and one that should be done knowing the approximate size of your event, your budget and what decor you have in mind. Although Utah weddings tend to not follow the typical wedding timeline the Washington Post suggests, you still need to make certain decisions well in advance.
6. Hire a florist and other vendors
Florists are a crucial vendor for any wedding. To get the exact aesthetic you want, choose your vendor first and then your florist, says Perfect Wedding Guide. Knowing your venue will help you know what kind of decor you’ll need, as well as the amount of space you’re working with and if the venue provides an in-house florist. It’s also smart to reserve caterers and photographers well in advance, as they work in the wedding business and summer is peak season. Reserve before summer to get the best vendors!
7. Consider the weather
It’s easy to dream about hot chocolate and warming foods during a winter break, but focus on what the weather will be like come wedding season: hot and sunny. What items need to be available to guests as well as in your own personal reticule? Sunglasses, bug spray, sunscreen, extra deodorant and water are just a few items Glamour suggests. Will you need to rent tents or awnings to shield guests from the beating sun during an outdoor ceremony? Don’t forget to consider these details, even when it’s a winter wonderland while you're planning.
For all these decisions and more, it helps to look around at your options before anything is set in stone. Luckily, This Is the Place Heritage Park offers 10 wedding venues and offers in-person tours or 3D virtual tours via its website, so you can find exactly what you’re looking for. Book now to get the best options for both indoor and outdoor summer wedding venues.