I'm recently engaged and planning a wedding for summer 2022. My FH and I are 23 and 24, and live in SoCal. I actually have pretty extensive experience planning events and therefore feel pretty comfortable doing it myself. However, I haven't planned anything of this scale and we are both the first of all of our friends. siblings, and cousins to get married (so no one has advice!).
-Budget of $12,000 or less
-Guestlist of ~80
-Open bar for at least part of the reception
Ways I've thought to save money
-Makeup and hair (I'm a makeup artist and don't let anyone touch my hair anyways)
-A playlist in place of a DJ or Band
-Close relative as the officiant
-Limiting flowers to the bridal party, groomsmen, and a few centerpieces
Things I particularly need help with
-I know absolutely nothing about how to plan and who is involved in planning a bridal shower, bachelor/bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinner (if I even need one)
-How to book hotel blocks
-If anyone is from California, do you have specific caterer or venue recommendations in the SoCal, Central Coast, or Bay Area?
If anyone has any advice I would love it. Starting to plan early as I know the tight budget is gonna require extra work. Thank you, and I'm so excited!