This should go without saying but this is going to be a list on what to do when you first start planning your wedding. The very first thing you should do after getting engaged is CELEBRATE!!
Once you’re all partied out from the excitement of engagement, this is a list of the first 5 things I recommend you focus on!!
Choose a Wedding Date/Season
Knowing how much time you’ll have to do the planning is the first thing I recommend doing. This doesn’t mean you have to narrow to an exact date yet. A lot of venue hunting will help narrow those options. Knowing if you’ll have six months or two years makes a huge difference. Have a rough estimate of when you’d both like to tie the know before moving forward with booking anything official.
Talk about the Budget
This is probably the least fun thing you’ll do during all of planning. It’s important to have this talk early though. Your budget will dictate everything that gets planned for your wedding. Do you research about what vendors and venues really cost. A lot of wedding planning websites aren’t very accurate, take it from my own experiences, so reach out to vendors you like and ask them what couples typically spend with them!
Searching for a Venue
My best advice for this is to decide on a basic aesthetic. Do you want high-end elegance? Rustic and earthy? Urban or industrial? Whatever the vibe is for your wedding, try to find 3-5 venues that you both like and start touring them. The venue is the foundation of all of the rest of the planning so it’s best to get things booked early. Especially following the wedding boom, venue book up quicker than ever.
Choose what you will DIY
Creating your own centerpieces, designing your own stationery, whatever it may be. Trust me when I say, it will take you longer than you might expect. Deciding what you will outsource/invest in and what you will handle yourselves will allow you to plan accordingly. DIY weddings are wonderful and can be absolutely stunning. Only IF there is enough time to dedicate towards everything that needs to be done.
Create a Master To-Do List
All over TikTok and Instagram, you’ll see couples creating these large post-it note To-Do lists. Why? Because it actually works. Take some time and some sticky notes and write down everything that needs to be done for your wedding planning. If you want to go further, color code by urgency. Then, as you are both planning, you can each take what you are comfortable doing off the board as you do it. This will hold both of you accountable and keep you on track to getting everything done!
This is by no means an exhaustive list but I hope it at least gave you some ideas for how to begin your wedding planning journey after you get engaged! For more wedding planning advice, check back every Wednesday!!