Congrats, You’re Engaged! So What Do You Need to Do Now?
Congratulations! You’re engaged! Now you’re probably thinking, “What comes next?!” And I’m here to tell you, you’re not alone. After the initial excitement of becoming engaged begins to fade, you start realizing how much there is to do! You have to pick a date, a venue, buy a dress and oh so much more! It can be super overwhelming right at the beginning when you’re engaged. Don’t fear, I am going to try to help take some of that stress away. Here are the top 4 things to tackle after you’re done staring at that ring on your finger!
You’re Engaged… Celebrate!
Before you do anything else, take some time to enjoy being engaged! Pop that champagne and call up all your friends and family to tell them the good news. Maybe even have an engagement party! Just don’t forget to tell those closest to you the news before you announce it on social media.
True story, when I got engaged I set out with my new fiance on a “ring tour.” We wanted to make sure those closest to us knew the news before we made it Facebook official. For me, telling friends and family in person was the perfect way to go. Plus the first thing people usually do is say, “Oh, let me see the ring!?”
Pick a Date
Do you have an idea of when you want to have the wedding? Maybe you have a day that is special to you that you know you’d like to do it on. Maybe you just know your preferred season. Either way, selecting a few dates is ideal. For instance, the venue you fall in love with may have specific availability. The more flexible you are with your date, the more options you will have for selecting a venue.
Find a Venue
If you are open to different venue types, narrowing it down can be a lengthy process. If you’re unsure, a great way to help you decide is to think about the way you want your wedding to feel. Will it be glamorous and fancy in a ballroom setting? Maybe more outdoorsy and rustic? Laid back and on the beach? Or perhaps you want something totally offbeat at an aquarium?
Whatever your ideal place, research and schedule some venue tours as soon as you can. The best venues book up quickly. In fact, most venues are booked a year or two in advance. Make sure to check that they have your date available when calling to set an appointment for a venue tour.
Consider Hiring a Planner
There are many more steps to planning a perfect wedding and it can be so overwhelming. A wedding planner can help you check things off your list while saving you the stress. Sure wedding planners help you with finding a photographer, caterer, and other vendors. But they are also there to narrow down decisions on things like attire, decor, and DIY options. Yes, there is such a thing as too many DIY wedding projects, especially if you want to keep your sanity.
A wedding planner is a great resource to have in your corner no matter the size of your wedding. Many couples don’t think they can afford a planner, and that is often a myth. Wedding planners have many contacts and can end up saving you so much money. What they save you often pays for their services and then some!
I personally believe that every couple should have the luxury of a wedding planner at their side. It’s an important day that you want to remember with joy. It’s not meant to be remembered as a blur of checklists and anxiety.
My best advice is to find out what is included in the price you are paying for services. Most planners, myself included, have multiple packages to keep things affordable. If you still feel it’s outside your budget, find out what the cost is for a day of coordinator. At a minimum, it’s important to have someone help make the wedding day run smoothly!
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