Congratulations, YOU’RE ENGAGED!
Our inbox is full of inquiries that start with “I just got engaged and don’t quite know what I should be doing next.” If you just got engaged and this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. The dozens of couples we’ve spoken during the tail end of engagement season will admit they *kind of* know what to do but also admit they need professional guidance and support navigating the changing and crazy world of wedding planning.
Here are the top three things we recommend engaged couples do after the question is popped!
- First thing’s first – savor the moment and don’t forget to celebrate (with your nearest and dearest or just the two of you!) It’s an exciting time so you should be soaking up every minute of showing everyone your shiny new piece of jewelry or re-telling your proposal story. Just because you got engaged last week doesn’t mean you have to jump into wedding planning right away, either. Take some time to relax and determine what’s right for you and your partner.
- Have a discussion with your partner. It’s never too early to practice communication (and compromising) skills. Make it a date night, grab your drink of choice and discuss your “must haves” and “nice to haves”. What season do you want to get married? Your preferred location? Do you envision an intimate garden wedding of 50 guests? A lavish evening affair of 150 guests? Your priorities may not be the same as your partner’s so now is an excellent time to communicate these things!
- Create a budget. Before you can move forward with even setting a date or visiting venues, we highly recommend having an honest conversation about budget and cost. It’s never easy, but it’s necessary to get a feel for what’s realistic in the area you want to get married in. Your budget determines so many factors and having one will allow you to be more grounded.
*BONUS TIP* If you have no idea what the cost of weddings looks like in the area you’re wanting to tie the knot, skip to our bonus tip – determine whether you’re hiring a wedding planner. There can be so many benefits to having one on your team even before you start the next phase of the planning process. Planners have first hand experience in knowing what the average costs are for your area eliminating the trial and error and other stressors we often hear about when couples approach us.
Venue | The Maples, Woodland
Photography | Callao Photography
Caterer | Farm to Table
Florist | Dixon Florist