Perhaps you got engaged last night during a romantic Valentine’s Day date, or maybe you’ve been engaged for weeks, or months. Either way, we’re here to offer a big CONGRATULATIONS!!! Now, once you’re able to take your eyes off of your diamond and focus on something else, you may find yourself asking “what’s next?” Check out our simplified to-do list to get you headed in the right direction.
1. This one is pretty simple! Receive bling. Then swoon, gawk and brag.
2. Celebrate! Go somewhere and bask in the glory of your new found happiness. When my husband and I became engaged, we had no plans for the evening, but found ourselves in a celebratory mood. We went to a local restaurant and bar, split a pulled pork sandwich, bragged to the bartender, and received a complimentary split of champagne!
3. Relax and enjoy. Give yourselves time to settle in to your new relationship status. Enjoy the compliments, the congratulations, the hugs and suggestions. Sit back and reflect on what brought you two to this point, and what you look forward to in your life together.
4. Define your wedding style. Bridal magazines, bridal blogs, floral blogs, Pinterest, other people’s photos, anything wedding related can give you great inspiration and ideas that you may never have otherwise considered.
5. Set a date. This can be a difficult decision, as there are many factors and people to consider. Take a look at the calendar and choose a few dates that mean something to you. Think about the most important people involved in your wedding, as well as what the date may mean to others. Is it a holiday weekend? This holds the possibility of an extra day off of work for your guests, but may also mean more expensive travel costs. If your date changes a few times, don’t sweat it.
6. Be budget minded. Talk about who is willing to contribute what to your wedding, and come up with an idea of a budget. Keyword here is “idea”. Your budget must be a bit flexible, as once you get further into planning, you’ll have a clearer vision of what things really cost. Most likely, you’ll need help with this one. Which brings us to number 7 on the list…
7. Consult with a planner. We know a great one! Congratulations again. We can’t wait to meet you!
As I peek out my office window to see a foot of snow on the ground, I’m inspired to emphasize the beauty that snow can bring to a wedding. While snow is often considered a hinderance, it can also be a decorating dream. After all, it’s white! Let the natural elegance of the falling flakes lend ideas to your winter nuptials…
Photo credits: yellowbirdwedding.com, intimateweddings.com, marthastewartweddings.com, stylemepretty.com