After family, friends and social media has been alerted of your engagement, there is so much to be done right after. Here are a few things that will help get the ball rolling!
1. Get a manicure:
Since you will be showing off your ring frequently following your engagement, go and get yourself a killer mani! You want to make sure your nails are as pretty as your new bling! Ask your best friend to join you and make a day of it!
2. Start a binder:
Organization is the key to pulling off a killer wedding. A simple three-ring binder can make a world of difference when organizing the wedding information. You are going to receive so many handouts and information from venues and wedding professionals. Creating tabs in the binder will keep everything neat and in one place. Start printing out ideas that you may like and keep them organized by category. This will help with the next step!
3. Find your style:
Work with your fiancé to figure out what kind of statement you want to make on your day. Do you want it to be an elegant affair or a casual backyard wedding? Is it going to be a dance party or a mellow low-key soiree? This decision will help mold the rest of your day from the venue to the DJ to the decor.
4. Hire a wedding planner:
Wedding planners can be available to assist you every step of the way, or even just to tie up loose ends. Hiring someone with experience can mean the difference between a great wedding or a disaster. Wedding planners have a great network of other wedding professionals and can help recommend services for your special day. Make sure to find someone who you click with since you will be working with them for the long haul.
5. Determine how your wedding will be funded
If you are paying for the wedding by yourself, start a wedding fund bank account. Put away a portion of your weekly pay to only be spent on the wedding. If someone else is paying for it, be very mindful when checking things off your list. If things get more expensive than originally planned, make sure to communicate properly with those responsible for the bill. Obviously, every wedding is different, and some things may be more important to you than others, so make the percentages your own. Here is an easy breakdown based on a typical wedding:
· Reception: 40%
· Honeymoon: 14.5%
· Photography and videography: 10.5%
· Wedding attire: 7%
· Engagement rings and wedding bands: 6%
· Flowers: 5%
· Music: 5%
· Invitations: 2%
· Miscellaneous: 10%
6. Pick a venue and date:
Pick a town or city that you are interested in. From there, look at the various venues that the town has to offer. Make sure to keep that budget in mind when looking at different venues. Go on tours of each venue that fit your vision. If you have hired a wedding planner, bring them along with you. Most times, they have worked with that venue in the past and can give you some insider’s tips.
7. Ask your bridesmaids/groomsmen to be in your wedding party.
You can go as big and extravagant as you want, or keep it simple. There are so many different ways to ask your friends to be in your bridal party (Click HERE to go to our Pinterest page to check out some more cute ideas). Do some research and have fun! One of the classics is to “propose” to your girls. Grab a cute box and put a ring pop and ask “will you be my bridesmaid?”. For the guys, personalized note with their favorite cigar is a sweet gesture!
8. Book your Engagement photo session:
Engagement photos can be a lot of fun! Most wedding photographers will have the option for an engagement photo session in their wedding packages. It will get you and your fiancé comfortable in front of the camera and ready for the big day.
9. Go on a date with your Fiancé:
This time is all about you and your future spouse. Take time off from wedding discussion to relax and unwind. Get all dolled up and head to your favorite restaurant, or go see that new movie you’ve been dying to see, or simply go on a romantic walk through the park. Whatever you do, the most important thing is that you are spending time togethe
Starting the wedding planning early can help relieve some of the stress when you get closer to your actual wedding date. For more helpful hints, tips, and fun stuff… make sure to check out our Pinterest page by clicking HERE.
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