A Real To Do list for those newly engaged couples
You’re Engaged! Now What? A REAL Guide to Getting Started on Your Wedding Journey
Congratulations on your engagement! This is a magical moment in your life, and it marks the beginning of an exciting journey toward your wedding day. While the prospect of planning a wedding might seem overwhelming, taking the process one step at a time will help you navigate this adventure smoothly. Here’s a guide to help you get started on your wedding planning journey.
- Celebrate Your Engagement
Before you dive into wedding planning, take some time to savor the moment. Share your joy with family and friends, and enjoy some quality time as an engaged couple. Celebrate in a way that feels special and meaningful to you both.
- Set a Budget
One of the first and most important steps in planning your wedding is determining your budget. Sit down with your partner and discuss how much you’re willing to spend. This will guide your decisions on everything from the guest list to the venue and beyond.
- Create a Guest List
Decide on the size and scope of your wedding by creating a preliminary guest list. This will help you choose an appropriate venue and set the tone for your wedding. Be prepared to make some tough decisions if your budget and venue size don’t align with your dream guest list.
- Choose a Date
Selecting a wedding date is a pivotal decision. Consider the season, day of the week, and any special significance attached to certain dates. Be flexible, as popular venues may have limited availability, especially during peak wedding seasons.
- Find Your Dream Venue
With your budget, guest list, and date in mind, start searching for a wedding venue that suits your needs. Visit potential locations, ask about pricing and availability, and be sure to factor in any additional costs such as catering, decorations, and rentals.
- Hire a Wedding Planner
If you’re feeling overwhelmed or have a complex vision for your wedding, consider hiring a professional wedding planner, like me! Shameless plug! =) We can help you navigate the details, source vendors, and keep you on track, ensuring your big day runs smoothly. Honestly, a wedding planner is the FIRST thing you should do. We know the ins and outs of the restrictions when it comes to venues and their production rules. As well as some venues that may not be on the list that would be a great fit!
- Begin the Vendor Search
Choose key vendors such as a photographer, caterer, florist, and entertainment. Look for professionals whose style and personality match your vision for the day. Get multiple quotes, check references, and read reviews to ensure you’re making the right choices.
- Create a Wedding Website
Building a wedding website is a fun and practical way to keep guests informed about your big day. Share important details, including the date, venue, accommodations, and registry information. Some platforms even allow guests to RSVP online.
- Dress Shopping and Attire
Once you have your venue and date locked in, start shopping for your wedding attire. Allow plenty of time for fittings and alterations, and don’t forget to coordinate with your partner about their attire and the attire of the wedding party.
- Begin Planning the Details
Now is the time to start delving into the finer details, including wedding themes, color schemes, and decorations. Plan your ceremony, reception, and any special traditions you want to include in your wedding day.
Your engagement is the first step on a beautiful journey toward your wedding day. Embrace the process with excitement and open communication with your partner. Take one task at a time, seek help when needed, and remember that the most important thing is celebrating your love with the people who matter most to you. Enjoy the planning process, and we can’t wait to be a part of your big day!!! Cheers Babe!!
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