Congrats on your engagement!!! We are so excited for you and the journey you are about to take! Engagements are a big deal, and if you haven’t taken time out to celebrate it, you should. It only happens once in your relationship, you know. So cherish that excitement because soon, reality will start crawling in.
Before you know it, you may find yourself overwhelmed by the fact that you now have to plan a wedding. That’s where we come in. You see, we want you to have the best wedding day ever, and for that to happen, it’s best to get started as soon as you return from cloud nine celebrating your engagement.
Here are the first five things to do as soon as you get engaged. Hint: The sooner you get started, the better!
Draft Your Guest List
It might not be your most favorite task, but your guest list is quite essential to the success of your wedding. Knowing how many people you’ll be hosting will help you select your wedding venue, food options, and other vital rentals. The drafted guest list is one of our first recommendations to get it out of the way so that you can move on to more fun and enjoyable aspects of the planning.
Research on Venues
Venue selection is the next major item to handle after drafting your guest list. Your venue will give the beginning atmosphere effect and truly set the mood for your wedding. Be sure to discuss the pros and cons of the venues you are researching, as this is one of the significant details you can’t afford to get wrong. There is a reason this is high on the priority list. Many venues are known to be reserved months or even years in advance; You don’t want to find yourself falling in love with a venue that isn’t right for you or is not available for your preferred dates.
Due to the recent change to the world, many weddings scheduled for the last few years were unfortunately postponed. So, you can be sure that there will be a high demand for excellent venues over the next two years. So, ensure to scope out a few venues before they get scooped up!
Think About A Date
With the pandemic and its uncertainty, it might be tricky to think about the future but remember that the most desirable wedding dates and venues get booked far in advance. Find out what works for both your families and keep in mind family dates, holidays, country restrictions, etc.
You could also use special dates like the first time you both met or even your first kiss. Couples also choose a season they’d love to have their wedding in and narrow down from there. Deciding on a date is crucial because it sets a timeline for your planning and helps with organization.
Discuss Your Wedding Budget
The budget is a topic that stresses out a lot of couples. Mainly because no one really likes to talk about money. It can be a very awkward conversation, but you have to do it. You can’t move forward with any of your wedding plans without discussing your budget.
Begin with research on wedding costs and vendors in your area and prioritize the things that matter. Are you a foodie? Then spend more on your catering. Ready to be entertained? Let’s look into DJs and unique performers. If an outdoor wedding is what you’d want, you’d probably spend less on flowers than you would at an indoor wedding but should also consider a tent. Keeping things like these in mind can help make your budgeting easier. If you’re having difficulty deciding on a comfortable price point, bring the venue and your expectations to your coordinator to better understand an overall budget.
Hire A Planner
Planning a wedding isn’t all fun and games, and it might prove to be too much for some people. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and not up to it, you should consider hiring a wedding planner. It’s our job to make your wedding planning as easy and enjoyable as possible for you.
From vendors to accessories and even the smallest of details, we’re here to handle it. A wedding planner has the skills and contacts necessary to make your day come together seamlessly. In addition, having a planner will take a considerable bulk of your wedding planning stress, leading to a happier wedding.
Taking the right decisions during your engagement is vital if you want a successful wedding. The tips above will help set you on the right path where this is concerned. It’s also best to keep in mind that this is your wedding; what you and your partner want is what matters most. Best of luck!