Welcome to my ‘Wedding Wednesday’ series; I’m so glad you’re here! <3
I feel like this is a common question for newly engaged couples, no?! If you are currently engaged or planning on being a bride anytime soon (or if you’re just curious), I have rounded up 7 things that I think you should do after saying “YES!”
** NOTE: This is all dependent on what kind of wedding timeline you’re working with; obviously if you’re not interested in having a big wedding/a wedding at all, then some of things won’t pertain to you! I just wanted to give you an idea of the things that I’ve found helpful/important thus far 🙂 **
1. CALL YOUR FAMILY (AND FRIENDS).
As exciting as this moment can be, before you snap a shot of you, your fiancé and your gorgeous ring, make sure to call your parents, siblings, best friends and anyone else you think deserves a phone call/text. True story, I created a note on my phone titled “call list” 2 years ago for this exact reason! I was so excited in the moment that I definitely would have forgotten 4-5 people if I didn’t have anything to reference (a mess, I know).
2. GET YOUR RING INSURED.
I can’t stress this enough; this was legitimately the second thing David and I did after getting engaged! You can add it to your homeowners or rental insurance policies or get private jewelry insurance (what we did). After researching all of my available options, I felt like a private policy was the way to go. I felt like it covered more (loss, damage, etc.) than the other policies, and though I don’t plan on losing or destroying my ring, I’d rather be safe than sorry! Also, the private insurance is extremely affordable, so that’s a plus!
3. TAKE A WEEK (OR SO) TO ENJOY THE MOMENT.
If you have the ability to take a week or two to relish the moment, I encourage you to do so! Enjoy sharing your engagement story with your friends and family, and have fun showing off that new piece of bling! Pay attention to the people that celebrate you and your fiancé during this time; those are the people you want around you on this journey! Wedding planning can get pretty stressful pretty quickly, so a week or two to soak it all in, is an absolute must!
4. INVEST IN A WEDDING PLANNER (PAPER OR PERSON).
This was one of the first things I bought after getting engaged; I just knew I
wanted needed something to help me organize my thoughts during this (stressful) process. I am personally a pen-to-paper kinda gal; I need to write things down to feel productive and keep things in some sort of order. If you’re thinking of investing in a paper planner, there are a variety of styles and types to choose from. Instead of going with a traditional planner, I decided to order a personalized wedding planner printable from ETSY (highly recommend)! I loved this option because I was able to print as many copies as I needed and found the pages to be bigger than those found in a traditional planner! You just print your pages, use a 3-hole punch and pop them into a 3-ring binder! I should also mention that this printable was super affordable ($9.50). You can find my exact one HERE!
5. MAKE A PRELIMINARY GUEST LIST.
I know this might seem silly, but trust me, it’s incredibly helpful in the initial planning process! It’s always nice (and necessary) to have a general idea of how many people you’re expecting as a reference point, but also because it can help narrow down your venue options (certain places have a minimum/maximum capacity). In addition to narrowing down your options, it will also give you a ‘loose’ idea of what you might be spending, especially if you’re thinking of doing an all-inclusive package.
6. SET A LOOSE BUDGET.
Ah, my favorite topic…the budget (ugh). After you get engaged and before you look at different venue options, a loose budget is necessary. I say loose because after starting the planning process, I realized that the original number I threw out wasn’t super realistic. After researching the price of catering, venue fees, flowers, etc., I created a soft number to cover the major things (food, alcohol, cake, venue, etc.) and then a hard number that encompassed everything else (photography, videography, favors, dress, etc.). I know it seems like a lot to think about, but trust me; having a realistic idea of what you’re comfortable spending will save you a lot of stress later on down the line!
7. SHOP FOR AND BOOK A VENUE.
I know this might seem like I’m jumping the gun, but if you want to get married during peak wedding season (May-October), the earlier you start shopping, the better! I can’t tell you how many venues we liked but couldn’t tour because they were fully booked for October of 2020…yea, you read that right, they were fully booked for October of NEXT year. Sheesh. I wanted to go ahead and lock down a venue before David leaves for the school year, not to mention I think it’s nice to get the big things crossed off as quickly as possible so you so that 1). don’t have to worry about it and 2.) have more time to save $$.
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8. BOOK A PHOTOGRAPHER & VIDEOGRAPHER
If you decide on an all-inclusive wedding package, many come with a photographer. However, if there is someone you like better or if you’re package excludes photography, it’s a good idea to research and book one as soon as possible. Along with venues, photography is one of the most important and quickest things to book up, especially during the busy season (May-Oct). There were quite a few people I reached out to that already had our date booked causing us to look elsewhere. Though we did have to let go of some photographers we really liked, David and I ended up booking someone that we’re incredibly happy with and really love (I’ll share more on her later in the series)! I can’t wait to see how our pictures turn out! <3 <3
That wraps up the 7 things I think you should do after getting engaged! I hope you enjoyed this post and that some of you found it helpful! If you’re recently engaged, CONGRATULATIONS; I hope the wedding planning process is treating you well!
Until next time,