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Just Engaged? Your First Wedding Planning To-Dos

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Congratulations! You are finally engaged! How exciting! Once the initial shock of being engaged wears off, you’ll need to make a lot of decisions. Here are the 8 most important things you need to do to really kick off your wedding planning.

Set a Timetable

The minute you get engaged, everyone will be asking for your wedding date. But in reality, you won’t be able to set an exact date until other major decisions—like choosing (and booking) your venue—are made. So first, focus on determining a range of dates that’ll work for you.

Your Style and Location

Before you try on a single gown, book a band or sample a bite of cake, look at the big picture and imagine what kind of style and vibe you want to set for your wedding—and where you want to hold it. Close your eyes and picture your fantasy wedding. What do you see?  To help you get a better idea of what you want , spend some time gathering inspiration.

 Set a Budget

This one is super important – Sit down with your families and figure out how much everyone is contributing. This number will affect every decision and purchase you make, so be sure to work out your budget before you start planning. It can be an uncomfortable conversation, but it’s better to get it out of the way now.

Draft a Guest List

As you begin to build your guest list, you’ll need to consider a number of factors. If you have a particular ceremony or reception site in mind, for instance, you’re going to be limited by how many people it can accommodate. Would you rather have quality one-on-one time with each guest or throw a once-in-a-lifetime party for all your friends and family?

 Choose Your Wedding Party

Now it’s your turn to propose to your bridesmaids and groomsmen . Remember, the earlier you ask, the sooner you can enlist their help. And keep in mind that your wedding party is agreeing to spend their hard-earned money and donate their precious time—be considerate and kind by informing everyone about all your plans, showing them a good time and making sure they know how much you appreciate them.

Book a Venue (and Set Your Date)

Your reception venue will become the backdrop for virtually all your photos and can influence everything from heavy hitters like your budget and guest list to smaller details like your menu. Ensure that you get the look, price and extras you want by scouring local listings, shopping around, scheduling visits and booking early.

Hire Priority Vendors

If you just can’t imagine getting married without a certain local band playing at the reception or a photographer whose work you love, act fast. Many top wedding photographers and other in-demand vendors are hired more than a year in advance, and once they’re booked, they’re gone.

Shop Dresses!

Begin your search by browsing dress photos online (and saving your favorites — you’ll want to take them with you to your appointments). Then, learn the lingo before setting foot in a dress salon. Read up on silhouettes, necklines, trains and hues that might flatter you. The season will also affect your choice. Getting married in the sweltering summer? Go with lightweight fabrics such as chiffon, linen or organza. Having a winter wedding? Brocade, faux fur and velvet will keep you warm. Satin, shantung, silk and tulle are perfect year-round.

We hope these tips help! Congratulations on your engagement! We hope to see you soon!

Cheer – Imene

 

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4 thoughts on “Just Engaged? Your First Wedding Planning To-Dos

  1. I love your advice to set a timetable. I think that many people underestimate the difference it makes to have deadlines when you are planning a wedding. After all, weddings are one of the most important days of your life. The last thing you want is to be stressed out on your big day. If you properly plan, the wedding should go well.

  2. Thank you so much for making a crystal clear To-dos short list of planning a wedding. I have seen in excitement many couples do mistakes of not confirming or completing any crucial part of a wedding. As a result, stress takes place at the very last time. This article is recommended to every couple who are planning their wedding. Lastly, A happy and perfect wedding ceremony without stress is highly recommended : )

  3. I like how you mentioned setting a timetable after getting engaged. My fiance and I just got engaged, and I’m excited to start planning our wedding, but like you said, certain things will influence when it happens. We’ll definitely try and figure out at least a range of dates that will work so we have somewhere to start with planning.

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