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Just Engaged? Here Are 10 Things You Need To Do After You’ve Said "Yes"

  |   By Roseanne Dela Rosa

December and January are popular celebratory months–as they should be. It’s the perfect time of year, surrounded by family and friends, to enjoy your newly-engaged status. But, after reveling in the glow, we understand how daunting wedding planning can appear to be. To keep you stress-free (and on the right track), here are 10 things to do once you’re ready to start planning your own day:


Share the news

Contact your loved ones (if you haven’t already) to let them in on your exciting news. You'll want to tell close friends and family members in person or on the phone before you send any tweets, change your Facebook status, or share photos of your ring on Instagram.

Cropped shot of a young couple taking a selfie at the beach / Dean Mitchell


Start a wedding website

There's a ton of choice out there when it comes to creating a templated wedding site. All you do is plug in the required information, and voila you can easily share all of the necessary details with your loved ones.

woman with cool wedding invitation design phone in the park / milindri


Talk to your fiancé about your celebration

Communication is key. Both of you should be on the same page–have the same vision, ideas and goals when it comes to your affair.

Handsome couple walking in downtown. / LeoPatrizi


Figure out your budget

Although you may not know exactly the type of wedding you want, having an approximate wedding budget will make things easier in the long run (this could affect your venue, how many guests you invite, etc).

Vintage retro glass jar with hemp rope tie wedding tag and few coins inside on wood counter concept of saving money for wedding / toncd32


Start a guest list

Once your budget is established, write down the names of guests you anticipate inviting. This does not have to be a set list, but this will give you a more rounded number on how many people to expect, how much to spend, and the type of venue you choose. Note: as a courtesy (if you wish) you should also ask parents (and in-laws) their number of guests–as they may want to include a few guests of their own.

Wedding budget planning. Woman searching prices on laptop through the internet / Prostock-Studio


Pick a date and find your venue(s)

When it comes to your wedding date try to have more than one option in mind (many venues book up to a year, or more, in advance). Once you have a tentative idea, securing your reception and ceremony sites are a must–especially if your ceremony venue is separate from your reception space.

Wedding ceremony wooden arrow location sign with lake reflection background / BrianAJackson


Create a to-do list

Once the date and venue have been secured, create a to-do list or use an online list tool to help you plan and manage your time wisely. This will make planning your day less overwhelming–yet fun at the same time. With your budget, you’ll be able to slot tentative amounts accordingly.

Bride Checking To Do List on wedding day / Thurtell


Visit wedding shows

January is high time for wedding shows. It’s worth a shot to go out and visit vendors within your region as well. Don’t feel the need to book right away, go simply to obtain information and meet potential vendors face-to-face.

A selection of wedding dress on display hanging on retail store hangers. / YinYang


Think about your bridal party

It’s not necessary to pick and choose your bridesmaids and groomsmen right away, but asking them in the early stages of planning does have its advantages–your bridal party members are wonderful people who may be able to assist you before the big day with things such as gown-hunting, creating decor and interviewing vendors.

Bridesmaids and bride holding modern wedding bouquets of pink roses and green eucalyptus with pink ribbons. Stylish Contemporary bouquets on soft fabric. Wedding arrangements / Bogdan Kurylo


Start doing some research

Now comes the fun part–creating your inspiration board. Buy a ton of wedding magazines (make tears, flip through pages), scour Pinterest and Instagram, read up on vendors you may be considering (or saw at a show), scroll through blogs, and check out our real wedding section for inspiration galore. Gathering images is a wonderful way to gather ideas for your own day. This is the fun part of planning, so enjoy it and everything will fall into place.

Fashion designer is adjusting the wedding dress / Eva-Katalin
This article was originally published on Dec 27, 2019

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