Top 5 Tips for Newly Engaged Couples:
With the new year comes new beginnings. Did you just get engaged? Are you planning a Wedding? It may feel overwheming, with all the questions on where to start.
In addition, you’ve probably got a lot of people whispering in your ear. Good news, we have a few tips from the pros to help you get started in planning the best day of your life!
Tip One: Enjoy the Moment
First off, take a deep breath, relax and enjoy the thrill of becoming engaged! So many brides quickly get caught up in all of the details about planning weddings (Pinterest boards can be deadly!) – that they don’t take a moment to fully cherish this beautiful moment in their life. You need to take it all in, and celebrate in private with your hubby to be, as the big day will come soon enough to celebrate with all of your friends and family!
Tip Two: Spread the Word!
Family and close friends will love finding out from you in person. You can start by sending out Engagement Announcements, or having and Engagement Party – or how about hosting an intimate brunch to personally announce your big news to your close family?
Tip Three: Before Jumping In . . .
Determining the scope. The budget and size of guest list will start you out on the right foot. Once you have figured out at least a range for these questions you will be better able to move forward either on your own or with the help of a professional Wedding Planner. Your planner will help you prioritize, create a detailed timeline and budget, track expenses and recommend vendors. These custom vendor recommendations are ones who match your style, personalities, budget, needs and experience level.
Tip Four: Set a date!
Don’t wait too long as, dependent on season, a lot of vendors tend to book up quickly! If you have your heart set on a specific venue, you may have to start with checking what dates are available and go from there. Choosing a date does not need to be a big task or a difficult one – but it is super important as, with wedding planning, everything can become time sensitive. On top of setting a date, you need to narrow down your guest list. Most venues have a maximum capacity and there is nothing worse than paying a deposit on your perfect venue only to find out all of the guests you’ve invited cannot attend due to restrictions (talk about a nightmare!),
Tip Five: Planning
Get a good wedding organizing software or check with a lot of your bigger wedding websites that have an online planner that you can use to help plan what needs to be booked or ordered and when. For example, After your book your venue, what should you do next? Most good organizers also have a budgeting tool so you can add in the budget allotted for each vendor. Some even tell you what percent of you budget should be spent with each category.
Tip Six: Beware Of Social Media
We all love to post on social media and well, it is the way of the world now. I strongly suggest holding information that you share about your wedding to a minimum though. This is where a lot of couples get confused and overwhelmed over unsolicited comments and advice. The vendors that you have hired are the experts and do this for a living so it is important to lean on them for guidance on your big day.
Make the day about the two of you and what you want! Stay true to your vision and you will be much happier.
Don’t sweat the small stuff. There are a lot of moving parts when you plan a wedding, things happen and may not always go your way. It is important not to lose sight of what you are doing; marrying your true love. Hire vendors that work with you to create a dream day for you and your partner.