Congrat’s You’re Engaged! Now What?

You’ve been waiting forever for your Mr. Right to pop the question, and now that he has you have no idea where to begin with the planning of most likely the biggest party you will ever throw. The dress, the venue, the cake, the photographer, where is a girl to begin? Here is a simple guideline to take some of the stress out of planning for the big day.

First of all, it is important to decide what your overall budget for the wedding will be. Are you and the groom footing the bill yourselves or will family and friends be helping you? Make sure that you are realistic in your budgeting as surprises when it comes to paying the wedding bills later on are not fun. At the same time that you are determining the budget, you will also want to be thinking about how you want your wedding to feel for your guests. Is it a small intimate affair with close family and friends or a grand celebration with hundreds of guests? Setting this groundwork from the beginning will give you a clear vision of where you are headed.
Once you have set your budget and theme you will want to sit down with your groom and start putting that guest list together. This can be difficult as you will both likely have differing ideas of who needs to be invited. You may also want to include your parents in this process especially if they are contributing to the wedding fund.

Next comes the fun part…..THE DRESS! I like to to recommend shopping for your gown at this point because it will set the tone for many other things at your wedding. Your attire will ultimately determine what your groom and in turn your bridal party will be wearing. It will also play a part in determining your flowers as well. Dress shopping can be a lot of fun, but it can also be super overwhelming. Make sure to limit your entourage and remember that it is YOUR dress!
Finally, make sure to book any other vendors that you might need for the big day. Photographers, hair and make up artists, caterers, decorators, officiants and cake artists all need to be booked well in advance to ensure that they have your date available.

Remember to have fun and enjoy this process with your groom. It can be much less stressful if you are clear on your vision and realistic with your expectations of what the actual day will look like. Enjoy the process and happy planning!

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