So you are engaged! He finally popped the question and the fireworks are still going off in your heart. Congratulations, not only on your engagement but on finding your one and only one and taking your relationship to the next level. Marriage is a right of passage, coming of age and you my dear have arrived.
Most likely you will call your best friends first with the exciting news and then probably post and update your social media statuses. A call to mom or the parental units is usually next in line and commonly shared in person as a couple. Of course traditionally the prospective groom would ask the father for the young ladies hand in marriage and later proceed with his proposal with blessings from daddy. Well it's 2016 and we don't always need to live in the past so however you spilled the beans to your folks I'm sure it went well. So now what? Engagement party? Engagement photos? Set the wedding date? There are so many thoughts to organize all at once. Best advice is to take a deep breath, grab a cup of tea and make a short list whenever you have time and have had the chance to take it all in.
Your list should consist of about three to five priorities you have for your wedding day. I suggest first selecting and deciding on a date with your honey that will work well with both your schedules and the guests you plan to invite. Whether you decide to have a large family friendly occasion or an intimate celebration for only yourselves, getting the date out of the way and set in stone is a great foundational starting point to organizing any wedding or special occasion. I strongly recommend dates on Thursday through Sunday if you are expecting friends and family that need to travel.
Next, if you plan on having an engagement party and sending out announcements I would definitely look into getting professional engagement photos done before your big party as you can send out your photos as Save The Dates and or Invitations. Sweet pictures of the couple everyone is celebrating are always a great touch to any invite or card. Another plus to having great engagement photos: The decor possibilities. Now you can have a canvas for your guest book table, programs, a pretty sweet heart backdrop or you could make a huge poster for your guests to sign as your guest book. Really I could go on and on but I'm not... In a nutshell there are endless possibilities for event design with high quality engagement shots.
With your wedding date set and your photo shoot out of the way now would be a great time to send out your Save The Dates. If you are planning on having an engagement party you can put the information on the very same invitation killing two birds with one stone. However, if an engagement party isn't a priority on your list move on to the next line item (hopefully to hire a planner). There are so many benefits to working with an experienced wedding planner. Whether you hire only a day of coordinator or a start to completion planner, selecting the right person for the look and feel you desire for your wedding is very important and requires a little extra thought. I understand we are in a D.I.Y. age and that is absolutely fine to a certain extent. I can't stress enough about all the little "Extras" that go on behind the scenes for "The Big Day", no one ever thinks about until it needs to happen. Having a good wedding and special occasion coordinator in your back pocket is an absolute necessity.
How to pick and hire your planner: Hooray you have decided to take the smart route and seek out a wedding coordinator. The best consulting method before using google would be to ask a friend or acquaintance that has recently wed. Of course it is crucial that the person was happy with their planner and whether or not the coordinator is serving your desired wedding location. None the less word of mouth and first hand referrals usually never let you down and if they do, you can blame your friends. Just kidding but you understand where I am coming from. Isn't it better to speak to a representative as apposed to using the automated system? If you don't have a first hand referral Facebook groups in the area you wish to wed can be very helpful to get to know your future vendors. Remember you can tell a lot about a company by what they post. Google is also a great option, just be sure to check reviews and all avenues linking to the vendor as this is all for your very special day.
The other steps are mostly to do with planning your overall wedding. Establishing a firm budget and choosing a few venues to tour should also be in your top five to lay a proper foundation for your wedding plans. Telling you anymore would be like giving you the wrapping paper before you open the present. You just simply need to plan with me or another capable coordinator in the destination of your wedding. Or wait patiently for one of my next blog posts and I will give you easy steps to planning your perfect special event. Until then enjoy your wedding bliss moments. These are some of the best times in your life. Please don't stress trying to do it all yourself or involve your friends and family that would rather celebrate with you. Plan with an experienced and passionate professional that loves gifting smiles of true satisfaction. So simply enjoy your guests and your new husband and allow us to handle the rest.