So, it finally happened — you’re engaged!!
First let us say congratulations! This is such an exciting time in your life, and we hope that you soak it all in.
Chances are, if you’ve been engaged for longer than a few hours, you’ve already gotten some questions from family and friends — When’s the wedding? Where’s it going to be? We know, it can be overwhelming. From engagement photos to picking a venue to figuring out what your first dance song will be, there are a lot of details to figure out.
Ready to get started? Check out these 10 things you can do first to kick off your engagement!
Announce your engagement to your friends and family.
Call your family members and friends and let them know the good news! Once you’ve spread the word to your loved ones, post on social media (if that’s your style) and let the world know!
Enjoy your engagement with your partner.
Don’t get so caught up in the whirlwind of planning that you forget the reason for all this excitement! Take some time to relax and take it all in with your partner – whether that means a weekend getaway with just the two of you, a romantic dinner, or a simple at-home date night.
Photo: Amy Ann Photography
Get your engagement ring insured.
The last thing anyone wants to think about is their ring getting damaged, lost, or stolen, but it can happen! Save yourself the extra stress by getting ring insurance.
Talk budget with whoever is contributing.
Yes, the dreaded finance discussion. We know that talking money is not so glamorous, but it is a must! Discuss your budget with whoever is planning to contribute and make sure everyone has clear expectations about what the money is going towards.
Pick out a date or dates.
When choosing a date, it’s so important to know your priorities! Are you set on a date that your preferred venue might not have available? Or are you willing to have a flexible date to secure your dream venue? Do you only want to consider a Saturday evening or are you open to a Friday, Sunday, or even a brunch wedding?
Start creating a guest list.
Having a general idea of how many guests you’ll be having is a must before diving into venues. Keep in mind that (in general) more guests means more money spent.
Photo: Elated Light Photography
Research ceremony and reception venues.
Create a wedding website and email.
All your important wedding info will be kept on your wedding website for guests to see! Creating a separate wedding email is a great way to keep track of all the communications you’ll have with vendors so nothing gets accidentally ignored.
Browse Pinterest and get “pin-spired” by wedding styles.
From rustic to boho to modern industrial and everything in-between, there are so many styles, colors, and decor options to explore! See what styles you are loving (and the ones you aren’t) to start envisioning what your day will look like.
Research wedding pros and start putting together your team.
So many vendors to choose! Chat with photographers, caterers, officiants, videographers, florists, etc. to see how each might fit into your wedding day. Need some help starting out? Ask your venue if they have a preferred vendors list – these are often professionals that have worked in the space before and are highly trusted by the venue.
So there you have it! After these ten steps, you’ll be on the road to wedding planning success in no time. Happy planning!