Just said 'YES' to forever?! Congratulations ... you're engaged! You're probably really excited to get started on the planning and looking forward to one of the best days of your life! While the next few months (or years) are going to be some of the most exciting, they can also be incredibly stressful, and the steps you take first could really set the tone for the entire planning process. As a wedding planner for over 20 years, I've helped many couples with the planning process from start to finish. And with that in mind, here are the first 5 things to dive into before anything else.
"While the next few months (or years) are going to be some of the most exciting, they can also be incredibly stressful, and the steps you take first could really set the tone for the entire planning process."
Soak it in. Before you jump into planning, take a moment to really savour that newly-engaged joy with your partner, and to share the exciting news with your nearest and dearest.
Bling alert! Get that engagement ring insured ASAP. It's not something most couples usually think of, but it's always better safe than sorry!
Find your dream date. Grab a coffee together & sit down to discuss your dream wedding date. Or at the very least, a month or season that works best for you, if you're not ready to narrow it down to a date quite yet. But having this information will help big time when it comes to finding a venue & your favourite vendors.
It's budget time. Start a rough budget discussion with your partner, and anyone else who will be involved in contributing to the wedding. Having a budget right from the start will help you keep costs in check and avoid any surprises (and added stress) down the line.
Start a guest list. Take some time to brainstorm and begin writing down the initial list of VIPs, along with that magic number you both want to land on. Because the number of guests you invite has the BIGGEST impact on costs, with everything from the venue, to food & beverage, table decor & settings, favours and more!
If you're looking for more wedding planning tips, a budget template, venue or vendor resources, please reach out & let's chat! We can help you plan your dream day in a way that fits your budget, your style & exceeds your expectations. We can't wait to help make your day truly unforgettable! ✨