Congratulations! You've told your friends and family and have made it Facebook official!...now what? Assuming that you've never been married before, planning an entire event like a wedding can seem absolutely daunting. Here are a few tips to take immediately following your engagement:
Before you jump into planning and booking vendors, take a moment to just enjoy being newly engaged. Spend lots of time with your significant other, show off that new bling + maybe plan an engagement party! You have the rest of your lives to be married but will only be engaged to each this *one time*! Make the most of your time and enjoy it.
This is the least glamorous, but probably most important: Set. Your. Budget. Unless you have been blessed by a fairy god mother and do not have to worry about money, of course. Making a prioritizing list of vendors and budgeting them out is a great way to get a grasp on what you might be looking at spending, and how you can save money in other areas.
This final step is for you to start planning process! Get that list out you made in Step 2 and start from the top. If you live in a rural area and are planning on getting married within the year, I suggest getting a venue, photographer and videographer booked (usually in this order) as soon as you are able to. Where the magic happens and who is documenting it to keep forever are vendors that always book up way in advance, so be sure to secure your retainers sooner rather than later!
Okay, are you ready? If you are overwhelmed, please take this advice: there is no WRONG way to have a wedding. This special event is curated for you and your significant other only- not anyone else! If you want a big wedding, do it! If you want to elope on a mountain top with just your s/o, officiant and photographer, do it! Nobody is stopping you & there is at least one human on this earth that is cheering you on with any decision you make- and yes, that person is me. Good luck :)