Congratulations! You’re ENGAGED! Whether you have been waiting for what feels like forever or are caught in a whirlwind romance, getting engaged is an incredibly exciting time in any couple’s life. Once the initial excitement wears off, panic may set in as you find yourself saying, “there is so much to do!”. Don’t fret! We’re here to help get you through the first few weeks with the first five things to do once you get engaged.
Enjoy this time together! Spend a few weeks just enjoying being engaged, wrapped up in all the and joy that you are feeling, knowing what it means to be engaged and not stressing out about what needs to get done. Go on romantic dates, dream about the day you’ll say “I Do” and flash your ring finger whenever you have a chance. You’ll only be fiancés for so long, so say it often!
MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT
The first thing you’ll want to do is tell everyone you know. We recommend making personal announcements to your immediate family, send out a printed announcement to remaining family and friends or consider posting the happy news online to Facebook and other social media outlets. Everyone will be so happy to hear the news straight from you, so choose whichever method best suits your personal style.
LOOK TO THE FUTURE
You don’t have to set a date just yet, but now is a great time to start thinking about the season you’d like to get married in, which will help determine how much time you have to plan. Knowing the season will start to guide your search for venues, conversations with vendors and your wedding dress hunt. And even if you don’t decide on the date for a few more months, your family will be thrilled to tell her friends that you’ll be tying the knot in the fall of 2019 or spring of 2020!
CONSULT THE BANK ACCOUNT
Before you book any vendors or buy a dress, you’ll need to know how much you’re planning on spending and how your budget will be broken down. Now is the time to figure out if anyone will be contributing to your budget or if the two of you will be paying for the wedding yourselves. Though things will probably change as the months go by, having an idea of how the money will be used will keep you from using your entire budget for a photographer and venue deposits.
HIRE A PLANNER
Planning a wedding isn’t all fun and games for everyone, there is a lot to do to prepare for your big day! With a ton of online resources, like this one from WeddingWire, at your disposal, mastering your to-do list is the first place to start. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, consider hiring a wedding planner. As planners, we can help you with most of the tasks involved in planning your wedding. From vendors, accessories, etiquette and even the smallest of details, as experts, we have the skills and contacts necessary to make your day come together seamlessly!
We look very forward to hearing from you and to start planning your amazing Big Day!
*photos courtesy of: Ruth Eileen Photography, “Summer Engagement”