Congratulations on your engagement! Being married is an amazing feeling! My hubby, Jovan, and I will be celebrating our two year anniversary in a few weeks – January 17th to be exact! This has been the BEST two years of my life!
Records show that most guys pop the question between Thanksgiving and Valentine’s Day. This means that we have almost 6 weeks left in engagement season. If you’re one of the lucky gals who recently said “YES!”, here are a few things that you should be working on:
You’re preparing to celebrate one of the most important days of your life! Enjoy your engagement! Share the news with all of your friends and family. Gaze at your beautiful ring. Throw an engagement party! You’re about to be a MRS!!
2. Hire a planner and set a budget.
I’m not just throwing this one in because I’m a wedding planner. It’s definitely important to start your planning on the right track. You don’t want to over spend if you don’t have to. You want someone dedicated in your corner, cheering you on, and leading you in the right direction.
3. Select a few ideal dates.
Have a discussion with your honey and figure out a time frame of when you’d like to make it official. Keep in mind that you need to be a little flexible, especially if you have an ideal venue and vendors. Everyone’s schedule needs to correlate.
4. Start making your guest list.
This can be one of the toughest aspects of planning. Creating a guest list will help you set your budget and focus on a location. (Keep in mind that you probably won’t be able to accommodate 300+ people in a trendy, boutique hotel.)
5. What’s your inspiration?
This is YOUR wedding. What do you want it to look like? What type of ambiance would you like to create? Are you modern or vintage? Classic or trendy? (The Every Last Detail Wedding Guide will help you determine the difference between each style.) You want your wedding to be a reflection of your love and your style!
I hope this helps you put the early stages of planning your wedding into perspective!
Have a great weekend! Call me if you get stuck after the first 5 tips!