Enjoy the moment! It’s easy to let the excitement become immediate planning. Give yourself time to enjoy and announce your engagement before you jump into planning mode. Choosing the right life partner is the most important decision you’ll make in life. You’ve chosen the right partner, the rest is easy!
First, some fun. Get a manicure! People will be looking at your hands a lot in the next couple weeks. Next create the framework for your wedding by taking care of the big pieces first.
Share the news and announce your engagement. Your closest family members and friends don’t want to learn of your engagement from social media. Make phone calls and visits to share your news! Post on Facebook! Engagement announcements in newspapers never go out of style and older relatives will love it. Consider putting it in print and keep a copy as a keepsake.
Set a date; talk with your partner and family about seasons and timing. Do you have a favorite season? What’s the best season and narrow it down to dates from there. Prime wedding time, those Saturdays in June, means you may have to wait longer for a particular venue. Prioritize. It could be difficult to accommodate everyone’s schedule and lifestyle- setting a date early gives everyone time to work it into their schedule.
Set your budget. Be realistic and talk this one out with your partner and family. Money issues are the number one source of disagreement between couples. Get off to a strong start with an honest, open dialog. What can you afford? Is anyone helping to pay? If so, to what extent will they help? Part of this conversation includes talking about how many people you’ll invite to your wedding.
HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER! Finding the right wedding planner can make all the difference.
Find a venue that suits the number of guests on your combined lists, that has your date available and fits in your budget! Close your eyes…where do you see yourself having your wedding, OR where is your dream location? Start making appointments asap with several different places to get a taste and feel for what your wedding could be like at their location. Check out all possibilities and see what each venue has to offer to meet your dream wedding plans.
Have fun with your wedding plans! It is truly a process of creating and making choices on how you want your wedding day to unfold. Most of all, remember your wedding is a celebration of your love!
Best wishes on your wedding day!