The time between Thanksgiving and New Year's Eve is often considered "engagement season" because so many couples get engaged to be married over the holidays. Of course, Valentine's Day is just around the corner too, so if he or she hasn't "popped the question" just yet, it still may be in your near future!
When you find yourself in the exciting position of needing tips for planning a wedding, our team at WhereBridesGo.com is here to help you out. There are so many tasks involved to create the wedding of your dreams, it can sometimes be hard to know where to get started.
Here are 9 things worth taking care of right away. Once you have these completed, you'll be well on your way to tackling the rest of the necessary wedding preparations like a pro!
Enjoy the Moment!
If you're very recently engaged, don't think that you have to start wedding planning immediately after the question gets popped. Take some time, from a few hours to a few days, to enjoy some private time together just being excited about this new chapter in your life.
Unless, of course, he asked you in front of all of your family and friends. Do still go ahead and make plans to have a little alone-time at some point to simply enjoy being engaged!
Share the Excitement
Don't go blasting the news on social media right away. You should let the people that are nearest and dearest to you in on the surprise first. Tell them in person if you can, or set up a video chat to break the news.
If you aren't able to do either of those, a phone call works wonderfully too. As soon as your immediate family and friends know your happy secret, go ahead and share it with the world. You can find plenty of engagement party supplies at WhereBridesGo.com if want to let every know with a small get-together or great big celebration.
Head to the Nail Salon
Your finger donning that gorgeous new engagement ring will be the center of attention while everyone is finding out about the exciting news. A good manicure will make sure that none of the focus is taken from your engagement ring by beat-up nails.
Consider Ring Insurance
Hopefully, nothing bad will ever happen to your new ring but it's always better to be safe than sorry. If a stone becomes loose or the ring somehow gets misplaced, you will be very happy that you thought ahead to get insurance. The jewelry store where the ring was purchased will often appraise it for free, which must be done before it can be insured.
Staying organized during the wedding planning process will help to keep stress low and success high. This could be with a physical notebook or a digital program on your computer or mobile device.
Use whichever system works best for personally keeping you on track. This is where you will gather vendor information, contact details, appointments, and more. (Be sure to add WhereBridesGo.com to your VIP list of vendors! Our wedding decorations and accessories online are available to browse and order, 24/7.)
Consider hiring a wedding coordinator to guide you through all of the things that need to be done before the wedding. This helper can also take care of all the wedding day details so you can relax and simply enjoy your special day. If it's not in your budget to hire someone, then it's even more important to come up with a good organization system to keep everything running smoothly.
Draft the Guest List
Your master wedding guest list will very likely go through a few changes over the next couple of months. You do need to have a general idea of the number of people that you will be inviting as soon as possible though. This will be a very important factor for making many other wedding decisions, including where the ceremony and reception will take place.
Decide on a Wedding Budget
Discuss how much you are comfortable spending on the wedding and vow to stick to that budget. The cost of odds and ends start adding up quickly during wedding planning. You don't want to ruin the memory of your special day with tons of bills due once it is over.
Decide what the most important wedding items are to you - food, music, entertainment, etc... - and use your money for those first. If something is not that important to your vision, then that's something you can simplify to spend less on or possibly get rid of altogether. When you shop at our online wedding store, in most cases shipping is absolutely free. (And free is always great for a budget!)
What's More Important - Venue or Date?
One of these can greatly affect the other. If you have your heart set on a specific wedding venue, then your wedding date will need to be one that they have available. On the other hand, if it's important that you tie the knot on a particular date, then this will immediately knock some venues off of your list if they are already booked.
Schedule Engagement Photos
It's good to get these done early if possible. Once you have the photos, you can start using them for fun wedding stuff like the wedding website, engagement announcements, and save-the-dates. Do wait until you have chosen a wedding photographer, though, because many of them have packages that include the engagement photos.
That's a short list to get you started. Getting these tasks checked off will make you confident that tackling the "big" list is something you can definitely handle.
WhereBridesGo.com is an excellent resource for finding many of the items you will need to take care of those wedding planning tasks in both beautiful and fun ways. Click on over to our online wedding store now and take a look around, The inspiration you find there will fuel your desire to get all of your wedding planning tasks tackled, getting you closer and closer to the main event!
~The WhereBridesGo.com Team
Post by Deanna Powell, Certified Bridal Consultant