December 26, 2019
Congratulations – you’re engaged!! Such a happy, exciting, and wonderful time for your and your fiancé.
You might feel the pressure to start planning right away…because as soon as you get engaged, you’ll be getting all of the questions about when, where, how many guests, etc.! Don’t let this stress you out – here’s my favorite line to use when you’re getting those nosy questions…”we are just enjoying being engaged right now!” 🙂
Ok, we’re ready…where do we start?
When you’re ready to start planning , where should you begin? I’ve written multiple detailed posts about it (find a good one here!) but here are my most important tips…
- Envision your day – Where do you and your fiancé imagine getting married? Is it in the mountains, by the beach, in the city you live together? What do you want it to feel like? What is important to you as a couple? If you spend time on this big-picture view at the beginning, you’ll be less likely to jump on the first thing that looks good (from the venue to your dress and everything in between).
- Talk Budget – I know…no fun. But you need to get really clear on the budget, speaking with anyone contributing, as soon as possible. You do not want to get in to the planning process only to realize your budget is way off – in one direction or the other.
- Don’t jump ahead! There are certain things that should be taken care of before others. For example, decide on the location and venue prior to buying your dress. You probably won’t buy a ballgown if you’re getting married barefoot in Tulum. If you’re thinking about working with a planner, start talking to them early! They’ll be able to recommend incredible venues and vendors that you might not find through a Google Search.
- If you’re going to start without a planner, start with the ceremony and reception venue search. If you have a certain time of year that you’re set on, the sooner your inquire about availability, the more options you’ll have. Get out and see these venues as soon as you can so you are able to get a sense of what you like. Keep in mind busy seasons – in the South it’s Spring and late Fall, in the Northeast it’s definitely September and October, and if you’re doing a tropical destination, Winter months will be busier. If you’re open to the time of year, you’ll have more options!
While you’re planning your wedding, be sure to check back to our archive of posts here that are all geared towards the bride-to-be. Here are some of my favorite posts for the early stages of the planning process.
- Tips for Hiring a Wedding Planner
- Venue Selection Tips
- How to Select Your Vendors
- Building a Wedding Budget
- How a Planner Saves You Time
- Building a Wedding Timeline
Thinking about working with a planner?
Learn more about me here and be sure to stop by the Frequently Asked Questions Post. In addition, you can see all of our event bog posts here. We are so excited that it’s engagement season and are ready to speak with you about your wedding day dreams!! Want to chat? Email me here or fill out the contact form here. We can’t wait to speak with you!
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