The question you have been waiting for has finally been asked. Those four words you've dreamt of hearing. That sparkling rock, a new weight on your finger. Congratulations!!! You just got engaged!...Now what?!
Welcome to the world of being engaged. A world with a million (and one) vendors, options, colors, flavors, dresses, songs, etc. etc. (etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.) You may be feeling a bit overwhelmed as you start your planning process. What needs to be done first? What can you take your time on?
Here are a few tips as you embark on planning the best day of your life...
-Set budget. How much are you willing to spend? This will help determine your selection for venues and vendors. The last thing you would want to do is find the perfect caterer, and have it be way out of your budget. Remember: Budget first, then start selecting vendors. You need to know what you're willing to spend!
-Determine size. How big will your event be? You cannot book a venue until you know how many people you will have in attendance.
-Book venue. This will answer a lot of questions for you. Location, date, time, catering (many venues have a small list of caterers for you to choose from while others don't care), etc. Once you have this figured out, you can begin to work on the smaller details.
-Choose Vendors: Book the big ones! Select a caterer, DJ/Band, photographer, videographer, etc. You will want to make sure they will be booked for your wedding.
What can wait:
-Your dress. This is probably the most fun you are going to have. But take my advice: if you are planning on having a long engagement, take your time with this! If you select it first thing, and then a year later your wedding dress doesn't really fit in with the "style" you have created, you may be short of luck! The same goes for selecting your bridesmaid dresses.
-Details: Selecting decor for your centerpieces, floral arrangements, songs, favors or signage. These are items you can begin to workout once all the big details are figured out. It will be better to wait on this too, so you can make sure it fits with your overall style.
These are just a few tips. If you have questions, need more guidance or are simply feeling overwhelmed-- I strongly suggest hiring a wedding planner. You deserve to enjoy your engagement, not stress over it and having a professional walk you through it will help!