If you’re reading this it means that you’ve recently said “yes” to a proposal of marriage. Congratulations! While you still have your head in the clouds, we know that you’ve just added a crazy amount of items to your to-do list. This list of things to do right after getting engaged will help you enjoy your engagement while ticking of that wedding planning to-do list. Below, you’ll find a bunch of to-do’s after saying yes that will surely set you up for wedding planning success.
Tell your loved ones your engaged.
Brides & 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!
Start dreaming about your 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 of how other couples are choosing to get hitched in wedding magazines and blogs as well as Pinterest and Instagram. Another useful tool is Junebug Weddings where you can search based on your wedding 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.
Set a wedding budget.
This is definitely the least fun part of planning a wedding, but is key when it comes to deciding what suppliers to use and how many guests to invite. 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 just not end up being happy with the end result. Naturally you will need to consider costs for :
- 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
- wedding bands
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.
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.
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 a quality wedding professional with over 7 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.
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.
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.
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!