“It’s so great to find that one special person you want to
annoy for the rest of your life.” – Rita Rudner
Getting engaged is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will fundamentally change your relationship forever and I often hear brides say, “I’m engaged, now what?!”.
So, here is a guide to answer your question, what’s next…..
- Don’t rush into planning. Find the right balance and ENJOY being engaged!
- Don’t spend all of your time surfing wedding websites and buying bridal magazines. After you’ve planned your décor, swear off Pinterest for a whole 30 days… if that’s even possible. One way to really make your wedding planner insane and blow your budget is to keep messing with the details of the wedding after the decisions have been made, bids obtained and deposits paid. The time to choose was before you signed the contracts and locked things down.
- Visit The Bridal Expo’s and The Wedding Fair. Examine your options.
- Make a budget. And stick to it!
- Think about the big picture. Discuss your vision together and decide what’s most important.
- Listen to advice or tips & tricks. Most women are happy to pass on their hard-earned knowledge. It’s gratifying to know that we can potentially save someone else the migraine or make their big day that much more fun.
TO DO FIRST AFTER GETTING ENGAGED:
1. Make the Announcement
- Social Media – after influential people know.
- Be sure to tell all close family and friends personally or pick up the phone. You don’t want your parents to find out on Facebook!
2. Budget Set
- Talk about the money. A HUGE element when planning your wedding is how you’re going to pay for everything. Nail down a budget before signing contracts for vendors. You will have a better grasp on reality and what is simply out of reach.
3. Inspirational Boards
- Immerse yourself in beautiful photos of other couple’s big days. Don’t copy, but find some insight. Every couple is uniquely special.
- Talk about your wedding dreams with your partner. What is most important to you as a couple? The experience, the entertainment, the dress, the food, etc.
4. Get professional engagement photos
- Serves as two purposes.
#1. To have beautiful photos to add to your wedding invitations.
#2. A trial run with your photographer before your big day.
5. Make a wedding website
- It is 2014! Social media (Facebook, twitter, instagram, pinterest), emails, websites are just some of the technological ways to grab people’s attention. Make it easy for your loved one’s and have your wedding information accessible.
6. Start your guest list
- This is the number one element that will affect almost everything. It will alter the number of tables, chairs, sashes, china sets, centerpieces, favors, etc.
- The best way to control your budget is to control your guest list.
7. Hire a Wedding Planner
As you may have already noticed, planning a wedding is a lot of work! Why not have someone there to help ensure you do not forget any important details. Hiring a wedding planner is no longer simply a luxury for couples with limitless budgets. Many couples, even those with limited funds, find the help of a planner essential in creating their dream wedding and sticking to their own budget, whatever it may be. Not to mention that hiring a wedding planner will help you enjoy the planning process more by taking stress out of the equation!
We save you money, time, and stress. The average amount of hours to plan a wedding is 250, so why not listen to our suggestions and use our expertise to enjoy your big day and make it seamless and perfect for you as a couple.
Contact us at www.mountainbride.com we can help.