You Just Got Engaged, Now What?
He proposed and you said “yes”!!. Now what? First of all, congratulations on your recent engagement and upcoming wedding! We have compiled a list of 11 things that will help you figure out what to do when so you can enjoy every minute of the wedding planning process.
1. Call your family, then your friends
Be sure to share the big news with the most important people in your life before updating your status on Facebook. We suggest telling your family, then your closest friends, and then updating your status. You don’t want the owner of your dog’s doggie daycare to find out before your Grandma does.
2. Insure your engagement ring
Many of you know, before I took my photography business full time, I was an insurance agent. Most people don’t think to insure their engagement ring right after proposal. But if your engagement ring gets lost, slips off of your finger swimming, or the diamond falls out, you’ll be glad you insured it.
3. Get a manicure
With you telling everyone about the exciting news, they are naturally going to want to see the new addition to your hand. So grab your girlfriends, and treat yourself to a manicure at your favorite nail place so you can proudly show off that beauty!
4. Savor the moment
Getting engaged comes with a whirlwind of emotions. Sure, you get to plan the wedding of your dreams and you just committed to spend the rest of your life with your special person. But first, take some time to savor the moment. Bask in how romantic it is and was before you dive into the planning. A few weeks of enjoying the moment are not to much!
5. Start brainstorming
Now it is time for the fun part: brainstorming! Sit down with your fiance and share your dreams for your BIG day. Start a list of ideas that you both have. We suggest signing up for a Pinterest account
so you can create an online inspiration board. Go crazy —pin to your heart’s content. You can fine-tune your selections once you’ve picked your wedding venue.
6. Set your wedding budget
Next it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty of wedding planning. Decide on your budget and put together a rough guest list. You will need these two pieces of information to start looking for a venue and wedding vendors.
7. Pick a date
Having a specific date or a range of dates in mind before you visit venues will be most helpful. Do you dream of a spring wedding in a beautiful garden, or fall wedding in a rustic barn setting? Do you want to honeymoon in mountains with snow on the ground or take a cruise to a warm beach location? These answers will help lead you toward your ideal time of year.
8. Hire a wedding planner
If you want to work with a wedding planner, book them before you choose your venue. Your wedding planner can be a huge resource for finding the venue and your wedding vendors.
9. Find your wedding venue
Your wedding venue will influence almost every decision you make during your wedding planning. It will drive your color scheme, style of your dress, etc. so book your venue early. Be sure to look for one that blends with your vision (black-tie ballroom, modern minimalist, etc.). And don’t be afraid to think outside of the box!
10. Stay organized
A wedding is not something that you can throw together at the last minute. Grob a notebook to take notes, make a list of wedding to-dos, and jot down contact info for each vendor. HINT: we have designed a wedding planner just for our Bella Lumiere Couples. Ask us about how to get a free copy when you book us.
11. Book in-demand vendors
Once you’ve booked your wedding venue for your specific date, immediately start looking for your officiant, photographer, and band/DJ. These vendors usually book only one wedding per day so they book up very quickly. For tips on how to choose the perfect wedding photographer, click here
If you have any questions about our wedding photography or to book your wedding with Bella Lumiere Photography, please contact us