Congratulations you’re engaged | How to plan the perfect wedding

She said yes

She said yes

 

Congratulations you’re engaged…what now?

Where do you begin, what do you need to do first, hopefully this will help get your started.

So he planned out the romantic Christmas proposal, the family was all gathered for dinner. He even asked your dad’s permission, picked out the perfect ring, and now you’re getting married. You’ve probably thought about this day all your life, or maybe you thought it would never happen. So now that you have the ring where do you go from here? First things first of course, let your family and friends know personally before you blast it all over social media. After all your cousin, favorite Aunt, sister, and big brother would much rather hear the good news from you then through a social media post. Once you have shared your great news with your closest family and friends, then of course, show off that ring and announce to the world your getting married. Then, if your ring is a little too loose or to tight take it in and have it sized, and while your at it add it to your homeowners or renters insurance policy.

Now where to begin in the planning stages, if you haven’t discussed it already sit down and pick a date or at least a general idea of when you want to get married. Trust me your friends will all want to know, along with the story of how he proposed. It’s just natural because they are as excited as you are that your getting married. Once you have at least a general time frame, now is the time to sit down with all those involved with your big day and set up a budget. Without a budget, things can soon become over whelming and you may find that the must have things get pushed to the side when the funds start getting tight. Some couples find it helpful to setup a separate savings or checking account just for wedding related purchases. This makes it easier to keep track of where the money is going as well as what has been purchased already. It also works great for helping you stay on track with your budget.

A good wedding planner or organizer to helps to keep things in line; check out pinterest for some printable planners with timelines ready to be added to a three ring binder. This will let you stay organized as well as keep track of important papers and contracts.  You can get pocket folders to keep contracts, etc. all together. It’s also a great way to keep color swatches, and items clipped from bridal magazines together. Many planners have a location to keep up with your budget expenses as well. If your more into digital management there are plenty of apps available, as well as online locations to keep up with things as well.

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Once you have your budget and a  general date in mind, now is a great time to start looking for your perfect venue, especially if your planning on one of the more popular months for weddings. Many of your popular venues book sometimes a year in advance, so don’t get discouraged if your heart is set on a certain location check for off season availability especially if your not set on a specific date.

When searching for a venue keep in mind your guest list and the approximate number of guests attending.

Once the venue has been chosen and the date set, it’s time to start thinking about your other vendors for your big day. If your venue includes catering, then that is one more task checked off your to do list. If not, now is the time to start thinking about catering. Whether your choose to do an afternoon wedding with refreshments and finger foods or an elaborate sit down meal, it all depends on your budget as well as your style.

Research your catering options to find what fits your budget and also fits with who you are as a couple.

Some catering companies have options that include your cake, if your catering package doesn’t include the cake then plan on checking out your options for your wedding cake. There are many awesome bakers in the area who do awesome work as well as private individuals who do custom cake orders. Sugar Fashion Cakes is just one of my favorites. Their are many more out there, ask around for recommendations. Schedule a consultation for your own private taste testing to decide on your favorite. After all you want your cake to taste as good as it looks.

Since I’m a photographer it wouldn’t be right not mentioning booking your photographer. Many photographers offer complimentary engagement photos with their packages. However, you can also have just engagement photos done with a photographer as well, it’s a great way to do a trial run to see if you mess well with them and their style. After all, on your wedding day you will be spending a lot of time with your photographer. In fact, some photographers will allow you to apply what you paid for your engagement session towards your wedding package. Not all professionals do this, some consider the engagement session as complimentary. So be sure to ask upfront when you book.

Although this doesn’t cover everything that you need to do, I hope it helps you get pointed in the right direction.

Once again, Congratulations on your engagement and happy planning….

Will be posting more about planning and selecting vendors in an upcoming post.

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