For years December has held the spot for top month to get engaged, meaning right about now there are thousands and thousands of newly engaged couples basking in the glow of an incredible life milestone. It’s an exciting time, one of the best in a person’s lifetime, but it also happens to be one of the most overwhelming. So generally speaking, as soon as the excitement of the moment begins to subside, even just a little, the next logical thought most brides-and-grooms-to-be find popping up in their heads is, “now what?”. To help answer the question, and to help better manage the planning process the right way from the get go, here are the top 5 to-dos to tackle soon after declaring the big “yes”!
1. Share the Love!
You’ll have plenty of time to work the days away planning for the big event. Take some time to enjoy this wonderful time and include those closest to you in the celebration. Keep it low key with an announcement over an intimate dinner with your closest family members or go all out with a big engagement bash. Whatever your approach, just make sure you take the time to really soak in these special moments.
2. A Big Decision.
Not much else can happen unless you know what date you’re targeting. Try to set a date that’s about 12 months out, giving yourself a reasonable amount of time to plan all the details. And try to remain somewhat flexible in case your choice ceremony and/or venue locations are not available on your target date.
3. Get Inspired.
Before you can get down into the details you need to first decide on the big picture. Start to narrow down an event design by getting inspired by all the possibilities. Start up a Pinterest account and beginning following top wedding sources (follow weddingstar’s Pinterest’s boards here), buy some wedding magazines and start regularly following a few inspirational wedding blogs. Just remember to stick to a wedding day look that naturally fits your personal style otherwise you’ll find pulling the design together to be a challenge you’re not likely to enjoy.
4. Money Talk.
Before you get too far into what you have to have for your big day, set an overall wedding budget you’re comfortable with. Although we’d all love a big lavish event, the reality is not everyone can afford one. Make sure you’re not overextending yourself financially and that you’re realistic about not only how much you want to spend but also about how much things actually cost. Not sure where to start? Now’s a good time to consider hiring on a wedding planner to help you get things right.
5. The Perfect Spot
Start looking into venue options for both your ceremony and reception. Many locations book at least a year in advance, especially during peak wedding season (i.e. the summer months), so you’ll want to get a head start and consider as many options as possible. Here’s where that flexibility with date will come in play. To help get you started, check out our Top 15 Tips to Consider When Selecting a Wedding Venue post.
What’s the number one way to keep your planning as stress free as possible? Set a schedule right from the start and then stick to it. To get you started, check out our Buying Guide.