It’s official! Congratulations on your engagement and for finding that special person that you just can’t wait to spend the rest of your life with! It is no question that getting engaged is one of the most exciting journeys in life but also a very overwhelming one. “Congratulations. Let me see the ring. How did it happen? When’s the big day?” These are all the expressions that you will hear from every person you tell your big news to. Before you launch into the whirlwind of planning activity let’s get you ready for what’s about to come your way!
Our first piece of advice….ENJOY! Enjoy every minute of being engaged. You will have a hard time not jumping into wedding planning right away and will find it hard to just enjoy being engaged. Planning a wedding can be stressful for many, take the time to relax and enjoy the moment and ease yourself into the planning process. One of the best ways to relax…. get a manicure! You’re about to show off that sparkling diamond to every person who finds out you’re engaged, so why not get a fresh manicure to celebrate the occasion?
After you’ve got that manicure it’s a good idea to take the time to talk with each other and decide on a wedding date. You don’t have to set the date in stone but picking a year, season, or month will help you provide the answer to the age old question that you will constantly hear; “when is the big day?” Being able to provide a rough timeline will make your loved ones feel involved and allow your friends and family to make a mental note of when your wedding will be.
Now that you have had time to announce your news and let the excitement settle a bit it is time to decide on your budget and start the guest list. Your budget and guest list will go hand in hand and will be the roadmap for all of your future wedding plans. At every vendor meeting you have from here on in you will be asked, “What is your budget” and “How many guests are you expecting”. Knowing what you can afford upfront will help avoid disappointment in the future when you have discovered that you can’t afford your dream dress because you spent your entire budget on the venue. When preparing your preliminary guest list don’t forget to ask your parents whom they would like to invite. Make sure you tell them that this is just a first draft of your list and changes may need to be made based on your budget and venue constraints. There is nothing worse than maxing out your venue capacity and then having your parent’s hand over their guest list last minute!
Hire a Wedding Planning. The earlier you hire your wedding planner the better. By hiring a planner early you can avoid costly mistakes. Your planner’s fee will pay for itself with the preferred rates and upgrades that they are able to negotiate on your behalf. Your planner will know how to take your budget, priorities, individual style and theme and create the wedding of your dreams on budget and stress free.
Now it’s time to start planning! Get inspired, create Pinterest boards, read magazines, and surf the web to determine your personal style and vision for your big day. Once you are inspired begin searching for the venue that will fit your style and then plug in the vendors that will make your wedding dreams come true!
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