Have you or someone you know recently get engaged? First of all, congratulations! It’s such an exciting (and often overwhelming) time. Here are five things to do put on your checklist. You will have plenty of time to figure out all the other details later!
1. Start a notebook.
From the moment you get engaged, your friends and family (and probably some strangers!) will immediately start sharing their ideas and you will want to write them down (or at least the good ones). It’s also not a bad idea use a binder or a notebook with a pocket to save pictures, clippings and samples.
2. Set the Date.
It may seem early to narrow down the date right away, but you will need the date for almost all aspects of planning. If you both have your hearts set on a certain venue, you may need to be flexible with the date. Popular venues often book events more than a year in advance. If you’ve picked a particular day or weekend, you will want to have several venue options in case your first or second choices aren’t available.
3. Set the Budget.
It’s important to sit down and decide on your budget at the beginning of the planning process. If your parents or other people are contributing to the wedding, make sure to include them in the conversation. Once you have your numbers in mind, you can steer your planning in the appropriate direction and be mindful before things get out of hand (and over budget!).
4. Set the Style.
Even if you’re not sure of the venue or any other details, you and your fiancee should start to discuss the type of event you want to have, such as formal or casual, indoors or outdoors, or perhaps a theme. Knowing the style of wedding you want will help you ask questions when choosing a venue.
It’s so exciting to get engaged. Take time to write down how it happened. You may want to use your story for a wedding website or as part of your ceremony. Tell your family and friends so they can share in the excitement with you.
Bonus Tip: Consider a Consultant.
With so much research and planning, many brides and grooms opt to have help. Consider hiring a wedding planner (like Hello Productions!). Not only can they save you time researching venues, caterers, florists, photographers and bands, but they also offer support and alleviate stress on the actual wedding day. Most wedding planners offer a range of packages, from full wedding planning to day of help. You can request a quote from Hello Productions here!