Where Do You Start? by Meg Keene Sometimes I get questions that are such good, good, real true questions that I know they need an answer, but I just don’t know what the answer is. So, I’m tossing this to you, people who I immensely respect, this question from a bride-to-be: My question: I have been engaged since October. We really got into wedding planning around February, and I find that we are now about 6 months out from the wedding. My problem is that I have absolutely no idea where to start. I just feel so lost amongst all of the wedding stuff that is out there. We’re also dealing with some serious bridal party issues, family issues, and a lot of DIY stuff. All of this makes me want to pull my hair out, and I just end up shutting down. That, and I feel that there isn’t a lot to do 6 months out when you’ve covered the major stuff. Am I just crazy? You’re not crazy. That much I know. But, yes, where do you start? It’s really a philosophical question, in the end. What I can say from experience, is that for us, we started with ‘where.’ Where did we want to have the party? The San Francisco area was the first answer, and then we narrowed from there. Once we figured out where, the how became much more obvious. The other thing I know is that you start with a step. Wedding planning, like life, is one small step at a time. Watch the path that is illuminated before you, and only think about that. (And six months is plenty of time.) But you, ladies (and a few gents): Where did you start? Where do you start? Meg Keene Founder & Editor-In-Chief Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. She has written two best selling wedding books: A Practical Wedding and A Practical Wedding Planner. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and two children. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit MegKeene.com.