Tis the season of engagements! It is not a surprise that in the loving spirit of the holidays many couples decide to make serious commitments to one another. If you are one of those lucky newly engaged couples, let me first extend our deepest congratulations to you! I am sure you are feeling extremely excited, but also slightly overwhelmed about taking on the somewhat daunting task of planning a wedding. In hopes of easing your mind, we have complied the first five things you should do after you get engaged.
1) Establish a Timeline: How long do you want to be engaged? What time of year do you and your fiancé envision getting married? These are some of the first broad questions that brides-to-be should consider as they embark on their own wedding planning venture. There are no universal right or wrong answers to these questions, just right answers for you and your partner as a couple. Creating a timeline is the first planning obstacle for future brides, but once you have selected the right wedding season for you, the rest of the day’s details will fall into place more easily.
2) Determine your Budget: DO NOT take this step lightly. Your budget will play an important role in every decision you make for your big day, from venue to dress selection, etc. We stress to our brides that it is important to nail down a solid overall budget before making any big decisions, and definitely before signing any agreements with vendors.
3) Brainstorm Top Three Wants and Needs: You have probably been daydreaming about this day for your whole life, but now it’s real! It is important for you and your partner to step out of the daydream fantasies and really give some thought to the wedding day details that you consider to be necessities, whether they be practical, aesthetic or otherwise.
4) Consider Hiring a Planner: Are you a busy couple? Do you have the time but lack a complete wedding day vision? Do you know exactly what you want but some professional assistance would ease your mind? Wedding planners can help with any of these planning concerns. Wedding planners have a unique perspective and creativity that can be a great resource for brides who are not sure what they would like their big day to look like. In addition to their creative minds and eye for detail, planners have also established relationships with all types of vendors in the area. Having access to this list of highly-rated vendors can make wedding day preparations much easier, more affordable, and put your mind at ease.
5) Celebrate!: Many new brides get so immersed in the planning process that they forget to enjoy and appreciate their engagement! We encourage our couples to take time away from preparations to spend time celebrating with family, friends, and of course each other!
We know that wedding planning can be overwhelming at times, but we want to encourage all our brides to remain calm and enjoy the process as much as possible. We are here to help you in any way we can to make your big day both special and perfect!
Photos by: Justine Russo Photography via Style Me Pretty, Ben Bridge Jeweler & Andria Lindquist