Congratulations – you’re engaged! It’s an exciting time in your life, start by simply enjoying the moment. Share a picture on Instagram, tell your family and friends, and celebrate with a glass a champagne! Once you’re ready to start planning, here is a list of some important steps you should take to get ready for your big day.
Set a Date. You don’t have to set an exact date but think about when you want to get married. Have you always dreamed of a winter wedding? Or is your heart set on a warm, summer day? You’ll want to have an idea of the time frame for your wedding before you start the hunt for a venue.
Find Inspiration. Websites like Pinterest are great for creating a board of inspiration. You can find examples of everything from the cake to decorations to your dress. It’s helpful to have pictures and ideas ready for when you meet with your wedding vendors.
Set a Budget. Not only should you set a budget but stick to it! Talk with your fiancé about what your priorities are for your wedding day. Which elements are the most important to you? This is a good time to figure out what you need to save and if anyone else will be contributing to paying for your wedding. While this isn’t the most fun step in wedding planning, it’s one of the most important.
Make a Guest List. Are you planning on a small, medium, or large wedding? Sometimes deciding who will be invited can be stressful, so start with an A and B list. You don’t have to invite everyone you’ve ever met. Think about it this way: can you see yourself hanging out with them two years down the road? If the answer is yes, put them on your A list! If you’re keeping your wedding small, invite your close family and friends, and don’t feel bad about not giving your guests a plus one.
Choose a Venue. Now that you know approximately how many people you are inviting, your budget, and your desired time of year, it’s time to start looking at venues. What kind of vibe do you want for your wedding? Is there a certain area of town you want to stick to? What dates are available? Take tours, take photos, and take notes. Feel out the staff as well. Do they make you feel welcome and part of the family? This is one of the things we pride ourselves in at The Neidhammer!
Find a Dress. Check out bridal boutiques in your area and look for trunk shows. You’ll get your first pick of new dresses, usually at a trunk show discount. While you might have a certain style in mind, try on lots of different options to find your dream dress. You never know which one will end up being the best fit!
Build a wedding website. Keep your guests informed with a wedding website! Websites like The Knot and Appy Couple have easy templates you can use to build a wedding website. You can add info about your bridal party, hotel accommodations, your wedding schedule, your love story, and more. It’s a fun and easy way to keep everyone up-to-date with your plans!
Have Fun! Don’t forget to have fun, this is a once-in-a-lifetime event that celebrates your love. Enjoy this time with your fiancé, family, and friends. Take time to be together as a couple and be thankful that you have one another in your lives!