We’re back 🙂with a follow up on our last post about engagements. If you haven’t read the last post yet, stop right here and get into it first. Welcome back, so you are engaged and you are ready to take the step to begin actively planning. First of all congratulations on your engagement! We know this is an exciting time.
Here are some steps to consider:
- Share the News: The first thing to do is to share the exciting news with your family and friends. Consider hosting an engagement party or simply spreading the word to loved ones. After you have taken the time to enjoy the news on your own then it’s okay to share it on social media if you wish.
- Hire a Planner: This might not seem like a logical first step but trust us from experience it is the best first step you can take. They can help with the logistics and coordination of the event. A planner will help you think through your date, discuss your vision, create a budget, choose a venue, select your vendors and everything in between. Your time of being engaged can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be considered hiring a wedding planner.
- Set a Date: Decide on a general timeframe for your wedding. This doesn’t have to be an exact date yet, but having an idea of the season or month can help with planning.
- Discuss Your Vision: Have a conversation with your partner about what you both envision for your wedding. Discuss your priorities, whether it’s a small intimate gathering, a big celebration, a destination wedding, or a specific theme.
- Create a Budget: Determine how much you’re willing to spend on your wedding. Setting a budget is crucial as it will influence all your planning decisions.
- Choose a Venue: Start looking for wedding venues that fit your budget and vision. Popular venues can book up quickly, so it’s important to secure a location early.
- Guest List: Begin drafting a guest list. This will help you decide on the size of the venue and other aspects of your wedding.
- Select Wedding Vendors: Research and book essential vendors like photographers, caterers, florists, and entertainment. Many in-demand vendors get booked up well in advance, so make these decisions early.
- Pick a Wedding Party: Ask friends and family to be part of your wedding party (bridesmaids, groomsmen, etc.) and let them know what responsibilities they will have.
- Shop for Attire: Start looking for wedding dresses and suits. Keep in mind that it can take several months for dresses to be made or altered, so give yourself plenty of time.
- Save the Dates and Invitations: Design and order save the date cards and invitations. These should be sent out well in advance.
- Plan the Ceremony: Work on the details of your ceremony, including vows, readings, and any special rituals or traditions.
- Registry: Create a wedding registry to let your guests know what gifts you would appreciate.
- Legal Matters: Consider discussing legal and financial matters with your partner, such as prenuptial agreements and beneficiary designations.
- Pre-marital Counseling: Many couples find pre-marital counseling beneficial. It can help you and your partner better understand each other and build a strong foundation for your marriage.
- Health and Wellness: Focus on your physical and mental well-being as you prepare for your big day.
- Enjoy the Process: Remember that wedding planning can be stressful at times, but it’s also a special time in your life. Enjoy the journey and the opportunity to celebrate your love with family and friends.
- Marriage License: Don’t forget to obtain a marriage license, usually within a certain time frame before your wedding.
Remember that the process of planning a wedding can be both exciting and challenging, but with good communication and support, it can be a wonderful experience especially with an experienced wedding planner.. Enjoy the journey and the anticipation of your upcoming marriage!