You’re engaged- now what? The most important to do’s before you say I do
As someone who just recently planned her own wedding, I’m all too familiar with that feeling of panic that starts to set in after you’ve gotten a fresh manicure, ordered yourself some “Feyonce” swag, and realized that you’ve got no idea what to do next. Here are some of my tried and true insider tips to get you started:
1) Set a budget; I know, this is no fun, but it is SO important to establish sooner rather than later.
Talk to your parents, his parents, & each other to determine who will pay for what. Gone are the
days when you can just expect your parents to foot the bill, so you need to know what you’re
working with before you blow your budget on 3K worth of peonies.
2) Pick your priorities; I always tell my couples to rate their top 3 priorities before they spend any
money. Are you determined to get married on Saturday May 19th, because it’s the anniversary of
your first date? Do you follow a planner or photographer on Instagram that you low key want to
be besties with and they just have to help plan your big day? Rate those top 3 priorities, and
when things like wedding favors, photo booths, and all of those other expenses pop up, it helps
you to remember what is most important to you as a couple.
3) Prepare for the Pinterest letdown; Ladies, I love Pinterest as much as the next gal, but believe
me when I tell you that those fully draped chandelier tents and farm tables filled with gorgeous
china and colored glassware probably isn’t going to fit into a budget of less than $20K. That’s not
to say that beautiful details like that can’t be integrated into your day if you have a smaller budget,
but you just may not be able to have ALL of the details that you have pinned to your board
currently. Pinterest can however, be an awesome visual aid for your florist, planner, and rental
company when you’re trying to bring your design ideas to life.
4) Start the guest list conversation; Before booking your venue, you need to know how many
guests that you are trying to accommodate. If your dream venue holds less than 100, & your