Congratulations! You’re newly engaged! What an exciting time for you and your future spouse. Wedding planning is an exciting journey, one that we love! But we are firm believers of soaking in the moment and taking time for yourselves before you dive into planning. Check out our 7 tips below to make the most of your engagement before you even start tackling the big wedding planning checklist.
Celebrate with a nice dinner just the two of you
Once the reality sets in, and phone calls stop pouring in, it’s important to take time for the two of you to celebrate taking the next steps in your relationships. Plan an evening or activity for the two of you without your phones to celebrate. Before you know it, everyone will be offering to help with wedding planning, so soak in the moment and the love you feel. It’s important to keep doing little things like this throughout the planning journey so you remember why you’re getting married in the first place!
Celebrate with loved ones
The minute you go “public” with your engagement, there are going to be so many questions and lots of people asking to get together to celebrate. To avoid feeling overwhelmed with multiple celebrations, plan an evening out to meet in a location where all of your friends and family can join. This creates less pressure on you and avoids you being the center of attention by putting all the people you love together in a room.
Take care of that ring
We know you’re going to want to show of that new and shiny bling on your finger, but remember that this is going to be your forever accessory. We recommend getting your ring insured and sized so that it fits properly and is covered should something happen to it. And, treat yourself to a manicure if you haven’t already - because everyone is going to want to see your bling!
Discuss the vision for your wedding day
Before you involve any external parties in your wedding planning, it’s important to sit down and discuss what you both want and how you envision your wedding day. This can include budget, design, and any things that you absolutely want to have. We see often that there is normally one priority that each person wants to have and it’s important to come together on certain things before involving external parties.
Create a budget
Everyone’s budget looks different, and that’s okay! It’s important to sit down and discuss a rough budget so that you can look for vendors and designs that will fit your budget and style. It’s never an easy conversation, but it is important to involve any parties that might want to contribute to your wedding day!
Establish a rough guest list
Once you have an idea of your spend, it’s important to look at who you want to invite. We suggest making more than one list, but breaking them into A,B, and possibly even C categories so that you can ensure you’ve got everyone on a list, and then look at what you can afford. Be sure to also ask your parents and any other parties involved if there are people that they think need to be there. Of course, weddings can be costly, so its most important to have the people that you want in the room on your special day, and when in doubt, focus on the ones you know will be in your lives 5 years from now.
Remember your why
We tell all of our clients that at the end of the day, a wedding is the beginning of a beautiful love story between two people. Everything else is noise around you. It’s SO important to remember that during your wedding planning journey. Emotions can run high for everyone involved so it’s important that you and your significant other focus on the true meaning of this day.