Did you just say “I Do” to forever? First of all, congratulations! Second, take a deep breath because the new few months are about to feel like a whirlwind. Here are a few of our top tips to make your newly-engaged self a little less stressed and the wedding-planning process enjoyable.
Take a Moment to Soak It All In
Getting engaged is a big deal, so it’s important to take it all in before you dive into the planning process. This could be a romantic date with your significant other or a celebration with your family. And don’t forget the ring selfie!
Decide on a Wedding Location
Whether this is your hometown or the city you relocated to after college, nailing down a wedding location kicks off the planning process and gets everyone on the same page.
Determine Your Budget
Setting a budget before you start selecting vendors is incredibly important. Once you have a budget finalized, decide which wedding items are worth the splurge, and which you can cut costs on. It’s also important to determine who is paying for what. Whether this is you and your fiance, parents, or grandparents, figuring this all out in the beginning will save you some stress.
Set a Date
Undeniably one of the most important parts of the wedding planning process, setting a date sets the foundation for everything else to come!
Hire a Coordinator
Some opt to skip this step, but a coordinator is a great investment for many brides. Whether you’re looking for someone to help you plan from the engagement to the final dance of the night, or you simply want someone there the day of to ensure everything runs smoothly, a coordinator is the way to go.
Book a Venue
Booking a venue is an important step to take after getting engaged. Not only does the venue you select set the tone and theme for the rest of the decor, flowers, etc, many times there are limited venues in your wedding location so it is important to book that quickly.
Select Your Bridal Party
Once you’re engaged, you’ll undoubtedly be bombarded with questions regarding who will be in your bridal party. The sooner you select your wedding party, the more time you have to celebrate with them!
Whether you’re attending an engagement party hosted by your parents or you’re enjoying a night out with your besties, it’s important to take the time to celebrate this milestone in your life!