Wow, congratulations on your engagement! What an incredible moment in your life!
Now that you’re engaged, there’s a lot to do and a whole bunch of people to notify. Don’t worry though, we’re here to help, and you’ve got plenty of time for your wedding planning and enjoy this amazing journey with your partner.
You might be wondering about the next steps and the order in which to do things, and that’s completely normal!
First things first, share the fantastic news!
Take your time with it—there’s no rush. Some couples can’t wait to tell everyone, while others prefer to keep it a secret and share the joy with only a few close friends and family. Once your immediate family and closest friends know, you can spread the word on social media and update your relationship status. Oh, and if you’re planning to post a photo of that gorgeous ring, make sure your nails look great too!
After sharing the news, take a moment to enjoy being engaged.
Celebrate with your best friends and family, whether it’s going out for a drink, having a nice meal together, or planning a special date night with your partner. Being engaged is a big deal, and it deserves to be celebrated. Take all the time you need to soak in this new relationship status. You might even want to throw a party or have an engagement photo shoot to mark the occasion. But hey, if you’re eager to start planning right away, that’s okay too! Do what feels right for both of you.
Here’s a little tip:
Consider getting insurance for your ring early on. It’s a valuable and sentimental piece of jewelry, so adding it to your home insurance policy is a smart move.
When you’re ready to dive into wedding planning, it’s a good idea to get organized. Get yourself an organizer or a planner to keep all the details in one place. Trust us, you’ll have a lot to coordinate in the coming months, and having everything organized will save you from unnecessary stress. Keep important information like contracts and RSVPs in a designated spot, so you can easily find them when you need them.
Start by discussing what kind of wedding you both want. Do you envision a formal gathering or a relaxed outdoor celebration? Are you thinking of having a church ceremony? If you’re not sure where to begin, think about your personality and what makes you happy. Do you love big parties or prefer intimate gatherings? Once you have an overall vision for your wedding, the rest will fall into place.
The internet is your best friend when it comes to wedding planning. Check out websites like Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration. Create a mood board and pin ideas that catch your eye. This will come in handy when you’re discussing your preferences with vendors and suppliers, ensuring a cohesive look and feel for your big day.
Next, think about what’s most important to you as a couple. Is there something you’ve always dreamed of having at your wedding, like a hog roast or a grand entrance on a horse-drawn carriage? Don’t be afraid to make those dreams come true! Allocate your budget accordingly and make adjustments in other areas if needed.
Set yourself time to plan
Once you’ve settled on a wedding date, it’s time to start planning in earnest. Make a list of all the tasks that need to be done. Since you can’t book a wedding without a venue, start by researching and contacting potential venues. It’s also a good idea to discuss your desired wedding size and budget early on. These discussions will guide your planning process. Once you have a budget and guest list in mind, you can go ahead and book your wedding date and venue.
I recommend setting aside specific days or dedicated time with your partner to tackle wedding planning tasks. It’s best to break things down into manageable stages so you don’t get overwhelmed. However, don’t let wedding planning take over all your quality time together. Remember to have regular date nights and enjoy each other’s company without focusing solely on the wedding. By allocating dedicated time to wedding tasks, you’ll make much more progress than if you try to fit things in randomly throughout the day.
Make a list of tasks and divide them between you and your partner. This way, both of you can be involved and have a say in the planning process. Communication is key to avoiding any duplicate bookings or misunderstandings. Your partner might not be as interested in choosing table decorations, but they might take charge of selecting the evening entertainment. Find tasks that you can do together, and you’ll quickly get into the swing of wedding planning.
Lastly, remember to take breaks when things start to feel overwhelming. Wedding planning can wait. Take some time to reconnect as a couple and get excited about the beautiful day ahead. Enjoy the journey together!