You are engaged now and holy smokes what an exciting time, but it can also start to get super overwhelming!
I bet you are getting a million and one questions about your wedding date and location. Unless you are the most prepared human in the world, you probably do not have an answer to these questions just yet.
I have come up with my top 10 Tips to tackle those first steps you need to take care of after getting engaged!
Tip #1: BREATHE- you do not need to answer all those questions being thrown at you right away. This is YOUR wedding and although your family is a big part of that day I urge you to remember that this is a celebration of the love between you and your significant other. If you take anything from this post let it be this tip! Enjoy and celebrate your love!
Tip #2: Make a to do list of items before tackling any task- then create a schedule of when you want/need these things completed. I have created a free check list to help my couples with this (some of you have downloaded it already, but I will add the link below as well).
Tip #3: Create a budget and stick to it! After you do this then make a list of things that are most important to you for your wedding- this will help you decide on what you are willing to spend on each vendor. Making this list will also help you eliminate unneeded costs.
Tip #4: Deciding between a wedding or elopement may be something you need to consider. There are pros and cons to both methods of tying the knot, just know that this is a personal choice to make between you and your love!
Tip #5: Location, Location, Location: Venues book our a year or two in advance, so if you have a dream place in mind reach out and set up a meeting as soon as you can. Make sure you take a tour, interview the venue coordinator and ask all the questions you can! Do they have a preferred vendor list? Can you bring your own catering? What hours can you have the venue for? I will create another blog post and send it your way to help come up with some important questions to ask!
Tip #6: Consider hiring a wedding planner/day of coordinator. Believe me, planning a wedding or elopement is no easy task. Having a professional who understands your wants and needs will go a long way. They are also key in the organizing and communication between vendors, venues and YOU!
Tip #7: Let's go back to that list from tip three- reach out to those vendors as soon as possible. A lot of us are booked out a year or so in advance. Just like venue, being pro-active in choosing your people for the day is super important.
Tip #8: Photographers & Videographers- they are the people who will be capturing your day, what they create will be the things you show your children and will be how your day is immortalized. So choose carefully, these people will be with you through your entire day, sometimes more than some family members. Make sure you mesh well with them and they also work well together :)
Tip #9: For you ladies out there- when you go dress shopping. The more is not aways the merrier. The best advice I have heard from a dress boutique is: If you don't want them to be there when you are giving birth or right after you have given birth, don't bring them with you. Picking your dress is a big deal and you only want the most important opinions!
Tip #10: My last tip is to figure out all the legal stuff as soon as possible so you are not scrambling. When should you get a marriage license, how do you go about changing your name in your state, how do you get a new social security card? These things are often forgotten and are usually the last things couples figure out. If you get it out of the way and add to your schedule you will be less stressed when you have to do it!