Congratulations! You're Engaged!
Did you know that 40% of proposals and engagements happen between the end of November and the beginning of February?! We know it's true because we are busy meeting new couples and doing consultations for the upcoming year.
We wanted to do a quick little post to give our suggestions for the first five things you should do when you get engaged.
Take the time to pop a bottle of champagne, go for brunch with your girlfriends, and tell your families that amazing news. If you are wanting to get married in the upcoming year, the planning phase will quickly take over and it is so nice to sit back and enjoy just being engaged for a bit!
2) Hire a Planner
So we might be biased on this one...but if you are looking to have a wedding in the upcoming year you will technically be on a "quick" planning timeline in wedding world. Hiring a wedding planner will ensure you stay on track and are making the right decisions quickly. We have done full planning turn arounds in six weeks (or less!) so we know the drill! We will pair you with the perfect team for you and your budget. We will also make sure that everything is being done on time without becoming overwhelming.
3) Set your Budget
Chat with your families, look at your accounts and come up with a number that will suit everyone involved. This needs to be a number that you are completely comfortable with. It is important to do this first so that the planning process is totally guided and you won't end up doing a ton of wasted research on vendors or items you may not be able to afford. It also brings us to our next item...
4) Writing a Guest List
At this point, write a guest list as a guide. List A is people you absolutely can't get married without. List B is people you would absolutely love to have at your wedding if budget and venue size allow. Again, doing this before searching for venues is a smart idea because you then know what kind of venue you are going to spend your time researching. For example, don't go a visit a venue that holds 100 when you have 130 on your "must have there" list. Also, guest list is the biggest factor in your overall budget. You can anticipate that Food & Beverage are going to account for approximately 40% of you overall costs. Writing a guest list at this point will ensure you are spending the right amount of money in other areas and allow you to see what is a good price point for venue.
5) Book Your Venue
This is often the most overwhelming contract of the wedding planning because it dictates so many other factors in your planning. It give you a wedding date (yay!), a vibe or feel for your wedding (formal, quirky, comfortable etc), and give you a huge portion of your anticipated budget. This is the first contract to sign and it will feel so good to get it done! It also serves as a launching point for researching and booking all of your other vendors. There is no point in doing any other emails or inquires without a wedding date because everyone will tell you to come back when you've got a solid date.
I wanted to include a boring but practical item so I stuck it on as a bonus "to-do". Please go get your engagement ring insured! It's a simple addition onto your Homeowner/Rental insurance but will serve you well should anything happen to your new accessory!