Maybe you just popped the question, maybe you just answered it, or maybe you feel like this situation is right around the corner. What to do next? Not to worry, we are here to help.
- Share the news! This is a huge moment in your life and your closest friends and family members will love to hear it. Don’t forget to post that ring pic on your socials, and getting it insured isn’t a bad idea either.
- Decide on the type of celebration you want, and set a realistic timeframe. The more of a grand celebration you want, the longer it takes to put together. Are you booking the likes of Waldorf Astoria, The Ritz Carlton, or maybe your local reception hall or somewhere in-between? Be realistic but don’t be afraid to splurge if you can.
- Choose a date, wisely! The Saturdays (with Fridays and Sundays in a close second place) during the months with the most bearable weather in your region will be in the highest demand. If you are willing to get married on an off peak day, or time of year, you could possible save money on your venue.
- Do your homework. Research vendors and know what’s important to you. Do you want a photographer that is gong to direct and pose you in various ways, or capture more candid moments, maybe something inbetween? Does your venue allow you access early enough to get ready on time, or will you need to get ready off site. Does your DJ have a good reputation? Ask for a sample mix or audition. Ask how they conduct a grand entrance, first dance, toasts etc. Read reviews!
- Secure your highest priority vendors. Most vendors require a deposit and contract (if they don’t, buyer beware) to secure their services and offer flexible payment options between booking and the day of your event. Don’t be afraid to ask. Is your photographer or DJ a full time pro, or do they do this for supplemental income? If their livelihood is on the line, they will most likely be more dedicated to taking great care of you.
- Figure out who will help support you emotionally and financially on this journey.
- Take some time to enjoy being engaged.
- Choose your wedding party and guest count and make sure that your venue can accommodate this. Tip: on average, about 80 – 85% of your confirmed RSVP’s will actually show.
- Build a wedding website, and create a new email address for this occasion. Email address examples could be “firstname.lastname@example.org” , you get it. On line resources like The Knot and Wedding Wire are great for features like website creation and vendor selection.
- Search Instagram and pintrest for inspiration. Find decor and theme ideas that you love so that you have examples to show your planner, florist etc.
We hope this helps, and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. Enjoy!