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7 Things You Should Do Now That You’re Engaged

January 9, 2024

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Congratulations on your engagement! Now that the initial excitement has settled in, it’s time to dive into the exciting world of wedding planning. To ensure a smooth and stress-free journey towards your big day, here are seven essential wedding planning steps to take now that you’re engaged.

1. Create a Wedding Email:

Simplify your wedding communications by creating a dedicated wedding email. This will help keep all wedding-related correspondence organized in one place, making it easier to manage RSVPs, vendor communications, and other details.

2. Set a Budget:

Establishing a realistic budget is a crucial first step in your wedding planning journey. Sit down with your partner and discuss your financial priorities for the wedding. Consider all aspects, from the venue to the dress, catering, and entertainment. Having a clear budget will guide your decisions and help you avoid unnecessary stress later on.

3. Create a Guest List:

Before diving into the specifics of your wedding, create a preliminary guest list. Knowing the approximate number of attendees will influence decisions on venue size, catering, and more. It’s a crucial early step that will shape many aspects of your wedding planning process.

4. Discuss Dates:

Start the conversation about potential wedding dates with your partner. Consider factors such as season, weather preferences, and any significant dates or events you’d like to avoid. Be flexible, and remember that securing your dream venue may influence the final date.

5. Consider Hiring a Wedding Planner

Consider enlisting the expertise of a wedding planner to guide you through the planning process. A professional wedding planner can offer valuable insights, streamline logistics, and help transform your vision into a seamless and memorable celebration. Whether you opt for full-service planning or day-of coordination, having a planner on board can alleviate stress and ensure a smooth journey to your big day.

6. Pick a Venue:

Once you’ve settled on a budget, guest list, and potential dates, it’s time to choose your wedding venue. Whether you envision a romantic garden setting or an urban chic vibe, finding the right venue sets the tone for your entire celebration. Book your venue early to secure your preferred date and location.

7. Find a Photographer:

Capturing the magical moments of your wedding day requires a skilled photographer. Begin researching and reaching out to photographers early in the planning process. Popular photographers often get booked quickly, so securing your preferred choice is crucial. Schedule consultations, review portfolios, and ask for recommendations to find the perfect photographer who aligns with your vision.

Embarking on your wedding planning journey is an exciting and rewarding experience. By creating a wedding email, setting a budget, creating a guest list, discussing dates, hiring a planner, picking a venue, and finding a photographer, you’re laying the foundation for a memorable celebration. Take each step thoughtfully, and remember, the journey towards your wedding day is just as special as the day itself. Remember to enjoy this season of engagement. Cheers to the beginning of a beautiful chapter in your lives!

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