Congratulations, you just got engaged and are going to marry your best friend! The initial excitement sets in and you’re probably thinking now what? Well, do not fear, I’m here to guide you through the entire planning process. Here are the initial steps to take right now!
Steps to Take After You’re Engaged
Before we dive right in, make sure you enjoy the planning process and being engaged! Yes, of course there will be some stressors along the way, but the two of you will overcome them. Now, lets get down to business!
1. CELEBRATE WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS
The next year (or however long you extend your engagement for) is going to fly by. Trust me! Take time to celebrate with those closest to you. Get creative. Plan a night out at your favorite bar or restaurant. Our friend, Russell, had our best friends over at his house and we had a blast celebrating with everyone! As you can see, there are plenty of options.
2. INSURE YOUR RING
I know, insuring your ring sounds less than thrilling, but this is probably one of the most important initial steps you need to take. Your fiancé just spent a a alot of money on that sparkle and you do NOT want to replace it out of pocket. Contact your homeowner or renter’s insurance to add your ring on to your policy. Honestly, the additional amount you will be spending a month is inexpensive and it will save you in the long run.
3. SET A BUDGET
The budget is key in order to move forward with so many aspects of your wedding. First, determine what you and your fiancé can contribute. Second, discuss the budget with your families. Depending on circumstances it can be awkward, but it’s a conversation that needs to be had. Also, there is a lot you can easily overlook when determining your budget.
Remember to account for …
– wedding dress/suits
– wedding bands
– save the dates
– wedding invitations
– wedding party & parent gifts
These are the major expenses to be aware of. There are additional expenses that will be tacked on to this list. Hopefully the above gives you a sense of what to anticipate and plan for in advance!
4. DRAFT A GUEST LIST
I’m just going to admit it now, we dropped the ball with the guest list. We did create an initial draft, but didn’t speak to our families after creating it. As a result, we had friends and family unaccounted for. Also, we had a very lengthy “B List.” Utilize your family and friends to make sure no key people are missing! Above all, the guest list determines the size venue you need and the package that will fit within your budget.
5. PICK A DATE
My husband and I didn’t have our hearts set on a specific date, however, we did not want to get married in the summer. Wearing a suit and heavy dress in New England humidity did not sound appealing to us. I recommend you contact the venues you’re interested in to see if they have your date or time of year available. You do not want to visit a venue and fall in love with it only to find out there’s no availability.
6. PICK YOUR VENUE
Have fun visiting venues and make a day out of it! As I said before, enjoy being engaged and planning a wedding! For example, when we visited a venue in Newport, Rhode Island we took a few hours to walk around, grab lunch and envision what our guests could enjoy over the wedding weekend. As a matter of fact, taking in the surrounding areas of each venue helped us make a final decision.
You completed five of the hardest tasks when planning a wedding, so relax! The two of you should grab a drink, go out to dinner, go away for the day, in short, enjoy yourselves. There is so much more planning to come!