If you’re reading this it means that you’ve recently said “yes” to getting proposed too. Congratulations!
Hopefully you got some nice bling to flash at your girlfriends!
While you still have your head in the clouds, we know that you’ve just added a crazy amount of things to your ever-growing to-do list. Well don’t stress out, our list of 9 things to do after getting engaged will help you enjoy being engaged and this next part of your love story, while ticking of that wedding planning to-do list.
Below, you’ll find a bunch, 9 actually, helpful to-do items that will surely set you up for wedding planning success.
9 THINGS FOR STRESS-FREE WEDDING PLANNING
1. Tell your loved ones your engaged, in person.
Yes brides and grooms, call your family and friends and let them know the exciting news! They will be so happy you took the time to let them know personally before updating your Facebook status!
2. Start dreaming about your perfect wedding.
Before you start any wedding planning, sit down with your fiance and talk about your wedding day vision. Ensuring you are both on the same page with help eliminate miscommunication down the road. There are lots of great ideas and inspiration out in Google-land and Pinterest to show how other couples are choosing to get hitched. Plus there is a stack of wedding magazines and blogs as well as Instagram. However, that does mean its easy to get overwhelmed with wedding inspiration. I suggest find 1-3 places for inspiration and stick to those. Junebug Weddings is a favourite place of mind to explore for wedding stuff, and they have a great tool where you can search for wedding ideas based on your chosen colour palette. If you’re having trouble figuring out the perfect palette for your special day, be sure to check out the Wedding Colour Palette for inspiration.
3. Set a wedding budget.
Talking numbers is definitely the least fun part of planning a wedding, but is important to make sure you both agree on how much to budget for your wedding. This will avoid arguments down the track. It is also key to having a budget when it comes to deciding how many guests to invite and choosing your suppliers.
The best way to come to a figure for your budget, is doing some research into the various suppliers and their costs. Naturally there are a range of suppliers in each category and varying costs depending upon quality and service. My recommendation is to not always go the cheapest route, because often you will find hidden costs or be disappointed with the end result. Im a big believer in quality over quantity and paying for quality. When planning a wedding, you will need to consider the below services as a starting point in your wedding budget :
- ceremony – celebrant, location hire, furniture hire & styling, flowers
- reception – venue hire, catering, furniture hire & styling, flowers, wedding cake, entertainment
- bride & bridesmaids – wedding gown, bridesmaids dresses, accessories/jewellery, shoes, hair & makeup, bouquets
- groom & groomsmen – suits, ties, cufflinks, buttonhole flowers
- photography as well as maybe videography
- wedding rings
4. Create a wedding guest list.
After you set a wedding budget, sit down with your fiance and create a list of people you would like to invite. You will want this guest list prior to meeting with venues and caterers, as it will help decide what you will be able to afford and what type of venue will work best for you guest numbers. You might also find our article helpful on What Questions To Ask Your Wedding Reception Venue.
5. Choose a reception venue and set a wedding date.
Now that you know your guest count and budget, you can start the venue search. Go prepared with questions and take photos when you’re touring venues. If you’re having problems choosing a venue, make sure to look through our list of Sydney wedding reception venues, Brisbane wedding reception venues and Gold Coast Hinterland wedding venues.
6. Search for your suppliers.
Select your dream team early as many of the best wedding professionals are booked 12-18 months ahead! Ready to hire your wedding photographer? You’ve come to the right place. Here at Deb Boots Love Stories you would be hiring an experienced wedding photographer with over 8 years experience and hundreds of weddings under her belt. Whether you’re getting married in Sydney, Byron Bay, Brisbane or throughout Australia, get in touch as I’d love to chat with you about your wedding photos.
7. Organise an engagement photography session.
Organise your engagement photography session, in order to include a photo or two on your save the date cards. You can find engagement photo inspiration on our Engagement Photo Gallery.
8. Say yes to the dress.
Even though you just got engaged, you might be shocked to learn that it can take 6-9 months for your dress to be made for you, and that doesn’t include the time it took you to shop for your dress! It’s best to get this step out of the way as soon as possible just in case there are any last minute alterations required, but it will also help you set a tone/style for your entire wedding.
9. Avoid the stress by staying organised.
The best way to stay organised during the wedding planning process, is a wedding planning checklist and planner. You don’t want to be overwhelmed or stressed out on your wedding day, so make sure and put in the time beforehand to ensure your wedding goes off without a hitch!
For more tips and planning advice, check out more Wedding Planning articles.
Happy wedding planning!
Great news, there’s a stack more tips from where this article came from!