Welcome to October’s blog post. It’s that time of year again when the leaves are changing colors, we can start feeling a chill in the morning and evening air, and preparations have started for Thanksgiving and Halloween. However, another season is just around the corner as well – it’s engagement season! Did you know that approximately 40% of couples get engaged between the months of November and March? This is such an exciting time for couples to start a new chapter in their lives and begin planning the wedding of their dreams. But what happens next? Today, I am going to be sharing the first 5 things you and your fiancé should do after getting engaged. This will eliminate that initial overwhelm and stress that settles in right after announcing your engagement, so you can begin wedding planning on that high note.
1. Make your tentative guest list (including plus 1’s).
Both you and your fiancé should start making a list of all the people you want attending your wedding. You can categorize this list by cities (so that out of towners aren’t forgotten) and by event (if you are having multiple events, you can indicate who will be invited to which event).
2. Determine your budget.
Another major thing that needs to be determined early on is your wedding budget. Nothing needs to be set in stone because this number will definitely change as you go through the planning process but having an approximate budget in mind will be a guiding factor. Be sure to have the budget discussion with all parties involved (i.e. who will be paying for the wedding) so that everyone is on the same page from the very start.
3. Hire a wedding planner.
If your budget allows for one, it is best to have a professional handle all the details for the most important day of your lives. If you’re not able to hire a wedding planner, consider hiring the planner for event day coordination so the execution of everything is someone else’s responsibility and you are free to enjoy your actual wedding day. Not sure what a wedding planner or an event day coordinator does exactly? Check out my previous blog post that goes into all the details by clicking the following link:
4. Book a ceremony and reception venue.
Start looking at ceremony venues and their available dates for the month you wish to be married. Do the same for reception locations whether you’d like the reception to take place the same evening or the following evening. Once you’ve collected this information, see if the 2 venues line up and pay the booking deposits. If the 2 venues do not line up on the same day/weekend, go ahead and inquire about the month before and month after until you’ve found dates that work. It’s also important to keep in mind the type of venue will determine the look, feel, and flow of your wedding. Consider these factors when choosing and narrowing down between different venue types.
5. Hire service providers/vendors.
There are many service providers that are essential to address everything needed for a wedding. But the ones you want to start booking are the ones that physically need to be present. In other words, their work cannot be replicated by anyone else. Therefore, this would include hair and makeup artists, photographers, videographers, musicians, and DJs.
These 5 things will get you off to a great start in planning your perfect wedding. If you prefer having someone else assist or do these things for you, have a peek at my services and let’s find the best solution for your needs. You can do so by clicking the following link: