10 Things You Need to Do If You Just Got Engaged
Congratulations, you’re engaged! Now that you have the ring, it’s time to begin your wedding planning journey. Here are ten steps for brides just starting out.
1. Tell Your Family and Friends
Phone calls, FaceTime, social media…there are plenty of ways to tell your family and friends. Give your most important, immediate announcements over the phone or in person. Then, plan a special way to tell everyone else – a photo of your ring on Instagram or a surprise engagement party, perhaps.
2. Celebrate the Occasion
Take a moment to celebrate with your favorite people. Plan a full-out engagement party, or simply go out to dinner with a group of your best friends. Make the night about you and your spouse.
3. Think Big Picture
Nail down some big picture ideas. Figure out what type of wedding you want (destination, elopement, traditional), an estimate of how many people will attend, and your overall theme.
4. Map Out a Budget
Figure out who will pay for the wedding. Then, sit down with this person (or people) and work out a budget together. Think about what is most and least important to you, and make compromises, if necessary, on things you wouldn’t mind changing.
5. Assign the Wedding Party
Ask the members of your wedding party if they are willing to join as soon as possible. The longer they have to prepare for your big day, the better.
6. Book Your Dream Venue
Don’t wait to book your venue. Popular locations may have substantial waiting lists. Make a few phone calls and find out when your ideal venue is available. Then, plan your wedding date.
7. Plan an Engagement Photo Shoot
You’ll want photos to commemorate the occasion. Plan a photo shoot that centers on you and your spouse, your hobbies, how you met, and your engagement ring.
8. Create Your Save the Dates
Use your photos to create customized save the dates like refrigerator magnets or bookmarks. Go the traditional route with paper save the dates, or create a social media group and give your guests virtual save the dates.
9. Stay Organized
Staying organized can help you stay sane and on top of things during wedding planning. Create a binder for your wedding, with folders or tabs separating categories. Keep track of important information, such as the contact info for photographers and the dates venues are available.
10. Have Fun
Your most important job as a bride-to-be is to have fun! This is a once in a lifetime occasion you should enjoy with your spouse. Take a break from wedding planning once in a while to enjoy a dinner date and relax before the big day.